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Vol. VIII. No. i. 



The Wave 

A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL, 

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San Francisco, January 2, 1892. 



"THE WAVE'S" PORTRAIT ALBUM. 

The new Democratic Party, according to Christo- 
pher Buckley, consists of an ex-Chief Justice of the 
Supreme Court, a reformed stock broker, and an 
undeveloped young man who bangs his hair and puts 
up for a newspaper — respectively, William T. Wallace, 
Jeremiah Lynch, and W. R. Hearst. To what extent 
Mr. Lynch is "reformed "I cannot pronounce, but 
the picture of the undeveloped young man speaks 
for itself— at least he does not bang his hair. It parts 
very naturally in the middle. If I know aught of 
journalism the Examiner pays him in the neighbor- 
hood of $20,000 per month — quite a respectable 
income. I believe Judge Wallace is accused of pos- 
sessing the finest legal mind in the State. By no 
means his slightest merit is the power at writing 
unimpeachable English. If these men are to lead the 
party, Democracy is to be congratulated. 



SPLASHES. 

The Bohemian Club "jinks " on Saturday 
night last, is said to have been genuinely suc- 
cessful. As one might suppose, the clubrooms 
were crowded, and the participants had the 
advantage of being listened to by an audience 
drawn from all the professions but journalism. 
The subject of discussion for the "high jinks" 
was "False Gods." President Phelan, Al 
Bouvier, Gen. Barnes, and Captain Woodruff 
read papers on the different aspects of divinity, 
that of Barnes being a particularly strong 
effort, rather more theological, however, than 
his auditors anticipated. Mr. Phelan gener- 
ally succeeds in being clever and epigrarumat- 
ical, and if no mighty truths were elucidated, 
his essay was entertaining. The music was 
specially fine. C. D. O'Sullivan sang "Naz- 
areth" with an orchestral accompaniment, 



San Francisco, January 2, 1892. 

and covered himself with glory. Those who 
could discriminate say that Donald de V. 
Graham never sang better in his life. 

* * * 

The "high jinks" disposed of, there was 
an interlude of fun-making by George T. 
Bromley, who, attired as Santa Claus, pre- 
sented the members with suitable Christmas 
presents. Among the notable offerings was 
one of "The Earth" to Colonel Hawes; 
another was a large model of a cow, given 
to Barbour Lathrop. Felicitous references to 
the peculiarities of the recipients of each gift 
given in Mr. Bromley's gravely droll manner, 
proved very laughable. The Chinese play, 
composed by Mr. Redding, after an elaborate 
study of the subtleties of the Celestial drama 
was the piece de resistance of the " low jinks." 
A veritable Chinese orchestra discoursed weird 
strains throughout the unfolding of a compli- 
cated plot. The stage was a reproduction of 
Joullin's "Joss House" picture, presented to 
the Club by Mr. Phelan. Porter Ashe 
enacted the part of head priest. Louis Sloss 
was a Chinese maiden named "Yum Yum." 
The Rose Leaf Social, Outing, et al. Club, was 
adequately represented in the dramatis persona. 

* * * 

Just how much finer this especial "jinks" 
was than all that have preceded it, I am not 
at liberty to state. It is part of the religion 
of every good Bohemian to believe the papers 
he has just heard the most artistic, the witti- 
est, neatest, most admirable ever written. So 
far as the majority of the members know, 
doubtless they are, and in this era of incre- 
dulity I am loath to disturb any of the shreds 
of faith still adhering: in the mercantile com- 
munity. Club patriotism is a pardonable 
weakness, if not too vociferously exhibited. 

* # * . 
There was a great hegira of the wives of 

naval officers this week, and nothing that 
has happened for some days gave more color 
to the possibility of war with Chile than the 
manner of their going. They were, I under- 
stand, telegraphed for to meet the "San 
Francisco" at San Diego, and there was 
packing in hot haste to catch the train that 
would laud them there before the leviathan 
had taken her departure. Among the ladies 
who went south to bid adieu to their liege 
lords were Mrs. Brown, wife of the Admiral- 
Mrs. Burtis, Mrs. Dyer, and Mrs. Inch; 
They will probably stay at the southern port 
until the " San Francisco " sails. 

So the Viscount Benoist d'Azy is married; 
well, I'm glad of it. If I am not in error that 
is what he came to this country for, and it 
was the chief object of his errand on the 



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Coast. Unlike some of our distinguished 
foreign visitors, the Viscount made no secret 
of his desires, and maidens with money 
received his critical attention, with a view to 
his investment in matrimony. He was un- 
fortunate in finding a lady suited to his 
financial taste here, and he departed. He 
was quite successful in Chicago, and has just 
led to the altar a young and handsome bridt. 
whose personal adornments are added to by 
the possession $300,000 in her own immedi- 
ate right. I am informed that her prospects 
are magnificent. The Viscount will visit the 
Coast in the near future. 

* * * 

The "jinks" of the Concordia Club on 
Christmas Eve went off admirably consider- 
ing the number of absentees. La grippe has 
not spared the prominent members, and when 
the gathering assembled, Charles Ackerman, 
who had been selected to " sire " the perform- 
ance, Melton Eisner, who had promised to 
act in his absence, Lucius Solomons, Louis 
Haas, and several others were away. Edgar 
Peixotto, however, very gallantly came to the 
rescue and presided very gracefully. In fact 
he did excellently, made some clever hits and 
saved the entertainment from failure. 

T T T 

Some original poems were read, some brief 
speeches made, a few stories were told, and a 
very dainty supper partaken of. Rather 
amusing was the parody of a recitation by 
Sam Dinkerspiel, which Mr. Armour gave. 
All contributed to the best of their ability. 
Everyone is looking forward to the ball this 
evening. It is to be a very splendid affair, 
and will have several features, I am told, 
quite out of the ordinary. The demand for 
invitations has been energetic, with the result 
that the limit of those to be issued has been 
extended to seventy-five. An especially elab- 
orate supper has been provided for the 
occasion. 

* * * 

The ball of the San Francisco Verein is to 
be no less notable. I am assured the ballroom 
decorations will be something to remember, 
and there are any number of handsome cos- 
tumes being prepared for the event. 

* * * 

The Calliopean Club "jinks" on Saturday 
night was a pleasant success. The entire club 
membership contributed to the evening's 
entertainment either a song, a story, a poem 
or an instrumental selection. At eleven 
o'clock refreshments in the shape of beer and 
sandwiches were partaken of, and after that 
the festivities continued until quite early 
Christmas morning. 

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That section of Society which is not going 



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to Del Monte for the New Year will surely go 
to the football match at Central Park. That 
is to be an event of the first magnitude, and no 
one, with claims to be considered " in the 
swim " save, of course, those who are out of 
town, can afford to be absent. This was the 
match that it was first proposed to have at 
Monterey, but it is rather an expensive pro- 
ceeding taking so many men down there and 
besides financial results are looked for to cover 
the outlay of the Los Angeles Club. Though 
the men who are going to take part are mem- 
bers of the San Francisco Football Club, it 
has been thought advisable, seeing they are 
also Olympic Club men, to play under the 
auspices of the latter institution. 

* * * 

It will thus be club against club. The Los 
Angeles team is said to be very strong and its. 
captain announces that victor}' alone will com- 
pensate for their long journey up here — that 
is, the game will be for blood. The chances 
are, however, that Tobin's team will give 
them all they want, for it is certainly the 
strongest ever got together in San Francisco. 
It includes the best men of last year's team 
besides some valuable additions. Following 
are the players: Basil Ricketts, back; E. L. 
Porter, half back; Joe Tobiu (captain) half 
back; Pugh, quarter back; Sherrard and 
Morse, end rush; Harrison and Brewer, tackle; 
Melone, centre rush; O'Sullivan and Howard, 
guards. Miehling, Taylor, and Corbel are 
substitutes. I expect a very lively game. 
The Los Angeles team arrives this morning, 
and will get into trim for the event. The 
game commences at two in the afternoon. 

The sad death of Mrs. Lieutenant Winn 
put a damper on the Christmas of several well- 
known families. As Dora Boardman she was 
exceedingly popular in Society, and her death 
to her many friends was in the nature of a 
shock. Mrs. Winn was buried from the resi- 
dence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George C. 
Boardman, on Franklin Street, Saturday 
morning last. The funeral ceremony was 
conducted in the parlor, wherein a large num- 
ber of ladies were assembled. The preacher 
delivered a brief discourse, in which he 
spoke of the gentle character and many 
virtues of the deceased. During its delivery, 
the members of the family, and especially 
Mrs. Boardman, were deeply affected. The 
interment was made in the Piedmont ceme- 
tery, Oakland. Mrs. Winn was a gentle and 
very lovable woman. She was the only 
daughter in a family of four, and her untimely 
demise is deeply deplored by all who knew 
her. 

To mention all the pretty girls and matrons 
who gathered at the Bella Vista hop on Christ- 
mas Eve would exhaust all the capitals in 
half the compositors' cases between this and 
Chicago. The party was one of the gayest 
ever given there, and the festivities were kept 
up long after the levelers had wished each 
other a Merry Christmas when the new day 
was born. A large tree, heavy with presents 



for the little ones, was erected in the new ball- 
room, and when Mr. Clement had handed the 
last evidence of Santa Claus' kindness to its 
blushing recipient, a supper was served for 
the children. Their elders then enjoyed 
themselves with round and square dances, 
and later enjoyed a generous collation. 

* * * 

The guests at the Pleasanton are to dance 
the New Year in. Mrs. Pendleton has 
issued cards for an "at home," and quite 
a large number of guests will be present. 
The dining-room has been artistically decor- 
ated and transformed into a ballroom of the 
amplest dimensions. The event after mid- 
night will be the Leap Year waltz, for which 
the girls are already selecting partners. 
Christinas was celebrated at the Pleasanton 
by the usual Christmas festivities. In the 
parlor was a very large tree, brilliantly decor- 
ated and laden with gifts for the little ones. 
A Santa Claus, appropriately costumed, 
delivered the presents and everyone had an 
enjoyable time. 

* * * 

There is to be quite a festivity over at San 
Quentin to celebrate the inauguration as Prison 
Director of Jacob Neff of Placer County. 
Mr. Neff is by no means a novice in handling 
prison affairs. He was on the board during 
the Ames administration; and proved a most 
efficient member of it. He was popular, too, 
with the officials, and those who are left 
desire to express their pleasure at having him 
back after so many years' absence. 

* * * 

There will be a much larger gathering at 
Del Monte than I expected. The number 
of rooms already engaged is far ahead of 
last year, and several parties are being orga- 
nized among people whose annual excursions 
have taken them generally in other directions. 
Manager Schonewald has made his usual 
preparations for ringing the old year out and 
the New Year in; the gardens are as gorgeous 
almost as in autumn, and festivity will be 
in order from Thursday until Monday morning. 
Among the families already at Del Monte, or 
who leave with the hotel as their destination 
by Thursday afternoon's train, are the Tallants, 
Tubbs, Popes, Houghtons, Franks, Taylors, 
Hopkins, Cass;rlys, Dodges, Blairs, H. T- 
Scotts, Webster Jones, Simpkius, Slruves, 
Danforths, Jacksons, Herolds, Woosters, 
Schmiedells, Dan T. Murphy, Brighams, and 
many others. 

* * * 

Mr. Greenway is determined that the Leap 
Year Cotillion will be the " widest" affair of 
the kind ever given here. The decorations 
are to be gorgeous — far finer than those for 
the bal pouire last year. In the ballroom the 
adornments will be hangings of blue and 
white against a background of toned red and 
soft green. Palm* and ferns in quantities 
will transform the stige and the reception 
rooms into conservatories. Tete-a-tete corners 
will be arranged among the foliage for those 
Arcadian Waukesha Water. 



who desire to retire from the dance. The 
vestibule and the halls will be canvased and 
decorated with palms, and portieres will con- 
ceal the doors and prevent draughts. 

The grand march will be formed and 
dancing will commence at nine o'clock. Five 
very pretty figures are to be danced. Supper 
is set for 1 1 :3c Afterward there will be 
dancing until 2 a. m. Brandt will play a 
series of new selections which he has 
rehearsed for the occasion, and Ludwig has 
arranged a most tempting menu. 

* * * 

I am told there will be a very brilliant dis- 
play of costumes. All the girls are having 
new dresses made a la Pompadour — some of 
them especially elaborate. So far, ninety 
couples have announced their intention of 
participating, and there may be more. The 
committee is adhering strictly to the rule that 
no one in the city will be given an invitation. 
Strangers, of course, may be invited. At all 
events, the Leap Year ball is something to 
look forward to. 

* * * 

A number of parties are being organized 
for the football match on Friday afternoon. 
Mrs. Moses Hopkins and Miss Dimond have 
invited sixteen of their friends who will drive 
out there in Mrs. Hopkins' drag and Miss 
Dimond's buckboard. In the evening the 
party will be entertained at dinner at the 
Dimond residence. 

On Christmas night there were a number 
of informal gatherings given in various parts 
of the city. The Watsons celebrated the 
festivity by a very pleasant party, the main 
feature of which was a Christmas tree. 

* * * 

Residents of Oakland and San Francisco 
will be interested in knowing that Mr. Wil- 
liam E. Bond, Business Manager of the Oak- 
tand Tribune, is engaged, and that his 
marriage to Miss Ruby Dore, of this city, will 
be celebrated in the early spring. Mr. Bond 
has been so long regarded as a confirmed 
bachelor that the maidens of the local Athens 
had almost given him up; my assurance that 
he is engaged will cause, I fear, some sore 
hearts. He is one of the most popular men in 
Oakland, a prominent man in the clubs over 
there, and successful in business. Miss Dore 
is the daughter of Mrs. E. Dore, of 1929 
California Street, and is a beautiful blonde 
girl, who is very fortunate. She is a sister 
of Mrs. G.:s Spreckels, and the wedding will 
take place a few weeks before Mr. and Mrs. 
Spreckels go to Europe. 

Jack Follansbee is in town again, after a 
few months of ranch life. He will remain 
here for some weeks. Next to Mr. Follans- 
bee, the most conspicuous figure on the street, 
always excepting M. H. de Young, is Will 
Hearst. As he walks along the promenade 
he looks like a "display ad " in the Examiner. 
He wears a coat that is so very English that 



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the name of the maker on the collar is in 
Cockney: "'Enery 'And, coatmaker to 'Is 
Royal 'Ighness." 

* * * 

The people of California are gradually 
learning that imported articles are not always 
best. There is Fred Webster, who would 
not take warning by Peter Donahue's mis- 
fortune, but must send to the East for a dog. 
and is now mourning its loss. He paid $300 
for a cocker spaniel, and got an animal as 
pretty as a picture by Coulter. Full of pride, 
he took it with him to the Country Club 
house in Bear Valley, and started out in 
search of of what he might devour. At the 
first shot, the spaniel darted into the under- 
brush and has not been seen since. A 
guaranty went with the dog that it was well- 
trained, knew the difference between a hen 
and quail, and would not point at meadow 
larks. A reward is offered for its recovery. 
This reminds me of Peter Donahue's $600 
dog, which he imported. It was warranted 
to do all that a hunting-dog should do, and 
ate the first bird that his master shot. 

One year ago last August, Dr. Millionaire 
Merritt, of Oakland, succumbed to the inevit- 
able, and his carefully prepared will was 
attacked by a pair of nephews. The matter 
was compromised at a cost to his large estate 
of about $500,000. The principal legatee 
under the Doctor's will was his only sister, 
Mrs. Catherine M. Garcelon, who followed 
her brother December 28th, leaving a 
fortune variously estimated at from two to 
three million dollars. Notwithstanding the 
fact that Mrs- Garcelon appointed before her 
death the astute lawyer Judge John A. Stanley 
aud a cousin, Stephen Purrington, as trustees 
of the estate, who have engineered and con- 
structed an unbreakable will for this estim" 
able lady, I will be surprised if the same 
nephews do not make another move on the 
financial chess board and the same game be 
successfully played over again. Under Dr. 
Merritt' s will, which doubtless his sister has 
religiously followed out in her own, charities 
will receive many handsome bequests. Mrs. 
Garcelon was seventy-seven years of age 
when she died and came of sturdy New 
England stock. 

I desire to state that I do not give perfect 
credence to the story that is being told in 
legal circles anent Mr. W. W. Foote's 
encounter with the Martinez " tiger." Every- 
one knows that since Mr. Lansing Mizner 
opened offices in that seaport town, the animal 
has assumed huge proportions, and that 
nightly he became fiercer and fiercer, but 
that " Billy " Foote was ever overthrown by 
him, I doubt. It seems that Mr. Foote went 
up to Martinez, and instructed a jury in a 
case, for the winning of which he received 
$500. The instaut it was known that the 
case was settled the Moore boys scurried 
around and prepared a game, and the story 
goes that although Mr. Foote had the entire 



amount of his fee in his pocket when he 
started in, he had to borrow $5 with which 
to get to Oakland. I don't believe it, although 
they do say Martinez was decorated with 
flags in honor of the event. 

* * * 

The special holiday edition of the Oakland 
Times is a splendid paper, and I would advise 
my readers who want to learn all about the 
modern Athens to get a copy. Aside from its 
excellencies as an epitome of the social and 
business life of Oakland, the Times is a mag- 
azine of literary matter that will be found 
very entertaining. Sol. N. Sheridan has a 
capital story, an idyl from the Old Mission ; 
Joseph E. Baker is very happy in his effort; 
Paul Goldsmith does well with a small plot, 
and the other writers are quite interesting. 
When it is remembered that Senator Moffitt 
got out the paper with a strike in the compos- 
ing room, the splendors of the paper will be 
appreciated. 

* * * 

I notice that Henry Guy Carleton has re 
opened the Thompson Street Poker Club in 
the Examiner and other papers, and purposes 
holding sessions as often as the circumstances 
will allow. I knew Mr. Carleton in Ch cago 
years ago, when he had not found the bubble 
reputation at the ink-pot's mouth. If I am 
not in error, he was educated out here i n 
California; attended the Jesuit College, where 
his tuition was undertaken as a matter of 
charity. He was good enough to pay for it 
in writing whatever was vile, and unkind 
about Catholic institutions. However, Mr. 
Carleton never did have much love for that 
religious denomination, and rarely lost an 
opportunity of saying about it whatever he 
could get money for writing. 

^ % * 

At times, however, he said of the Catholics 
what there was no money in, and now and 
again voiced a remark that brought him more 
fame than dollars. I remember when he was 
on the Chicago Tribune he said a clever thing. 
That was some years ago, and there was then 
issued from the Tribune building a publica- 
tion called The Catholic at Work. At the 
same time, Madison Street was in the hands 
of the Street Department, and from State to 
the bridge was torn up and impassable. A 
tough gang of heelers and rounders were work- 
ing on it, when a stranger, in the garb of a 
priest, approached Mr. Carleton, and said 
politely: 

" Excuse me, sir, but can you tell me where 
I can find The Catholic at Work/ " 

Carleton looked at him for a moment, 
struggled with his stutter, and, " Of-of-of 
course, I can," he said; " if-if y-y-you look 
out on-on on the s-s-street, you'll fi-fi-find all 
the d — d Catholics at w-w-work you want." 

* * * 

Mr. Carleton worked on the Chronicle here 
for awhile, and did not impress any one there 
with the idea that he was abnormally clever. 

Arcadian Waukesha Water is an absolute preventive 
of any kidney disorders. 



Indeed, he was not even acknowledged to he 
passibly bright. But for all that he is a 
brainy fellow, and will do better than half the 
men who started out with big reputations. He 
is writing syndicate letters now, and that is 
better than grinding out plays. By the way, 
I understand that Mr. Carleton's play, which 
was regarded for a week or two as the '"Great 
American," cost Mr. Hayman $3000 over the 
purchase price. It was, in other words, a 
failure. 

Christmas was observed in the churches as 
usual. There was slight change from the 
customary services, and flowers and music 
were the same as in the past. The Cathedral 
held a great crowd of people who participated 
in exercises of an exceedingly interesting 
character. The church was decorated with 
evergreens and flowers, and with its myriad 
candles gleaming on its gorgeous altar, pre- 
sented an imposing spectacle. 

Trinity Church was redolent with the 
odors of evergreens and fir branches, but 
the dark sombreness of the decorations was 
relieved by no color. The customary holly, 
whose bright red is the eternal blush the 
berry wears for the crime of the crucifixion, 
was hardly seen, and it seemed as if some mind 
that had directed the decorators in the past 
was absent. With prodigal hand the wreathes, 
stars, festoons, and ropes of evergreens were 
placed all about the church, but in their dis- 
position there was small artistic taste dis- 
played. The services, however, were unusually 
interesting, and the music was beyond re- 
proach. The programme was lengthy, and 
the splendid choir had every opportunity of 
showing the excellent quality of singing. 
Donald De V. Graham sang a song written 
and composed for the occasion by Miss Cool- 
brith and H. J. Stewart. The attendance 
was not as large as last year, and I think the 
same may be said of some of the other 
churches, but at Trinity it was noticeable, as 
that parish had joined with the Church of 
the Advent to make the occasion a success. 

* * * 

Captain Carey, of the" Monowai," is quite 
enthusiastic in his comments on the disci- 
pline of Sells' circus, which he had the honor 
of conveying to the colonies on his last down 
trip. The behavior of men and women was 
excellent. There was a complete absence of 
rowdyness, aud even the freaks conducted 
themselves perfectly. He expresses a willing- 
ness to take several trips with the same kind 
of a cargo, if the necessity should arise. 

The talk of war between Chile and the 
United States is all nonsense. If I am not 
very much in error, we haven't anything to 
fight about; as Wyatt Earp would say : 
" We ain't entitled to no kill." That a war 
at present would be an excellent solution of 
the labor and capital dilemma, there is no 



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doubt; that the first call for volunteers would 
be responded to with alacrity is certain; that 
hundreds of men who are hanging on to the 
jigged spokes of an unpropitious wheel of 
f >rtune would be enriched by even the 
declaration of an intention to go to battle is 
out of question; but we have no right to 
engage Chile. No one deplores the incident in 
Valparaiso more than I do, nor does any of 
the war editors who are now howling for 
fight mourn the death of the "Baltimore's" 
marines any more deeply than myself. But 
we cannot go to war because in a street brawl 
some sailors were killed. 

Chile is in no pleasant temper just now; 
and no small republic in the world has reason 
to feel worse. The course of the United 
States toward Chile has been impolitic, un- 
f lir, disgraceful. Until Mr. Egan was plucked 
from a traitorous exile and made a representa- 
tive of the United States, I was not aware 
that there was a 1 ick of trie! and true Ameri- 
cans in this country who could fill positions 
of trust and honor; but long before he 
showed that the Dictator's gold would make 
him Balmaceda's slave, I was inclined to 
believe he would prove unfaithful to his 
adoptive, as he had to his native, government. 
The Chileans have a score against us on the 
Kgan account, and the blow and bluster at 
Washington will not drive the thought from 
the minds of fair men. Mr. Egan was not 
a fit person to send as a representative of this 
country, whose wounds are yet bleeding from 
the results of a war similar to the one he 
would force on the government under which 
he was born, and to which he has proved him- 
self a traitor. There are diplomatic occa- 
sions when none but Americans should be 
placed on guard. 

* * * 

Aside from Egan's impertinent and disas- 
trous preferences, the Chileans have other 
grievances. Admiral Brown, of the "San 
Francisco," is alleged to have carried infor- 
mation to Balmaceda that was of great cost 
to the Congressional party, and is also 
charged with having done all in his power to 
aid the Dictator in his fight against the 
people. The allegations have been denied, 
but I have in my possession information that 
goes far to prove that the Admiral went to 
unwarrantable lengths to show on which side 
his sympathies were; those who know him 
are quite well aware of the fact that the 
Congressional party did not, and does not, 
stand high in his estimation. However, 
it was outside of Admiral Brown's duty, and 
not within his privilege, as an officer in the 
United States navy to help either side in its 
struggles; and here lies the chief cause of 
Chile's attitude toward this country. 

* * * 

The fight in the streets was certainly in 
the line of the expected, and the commanding 
officer of the "Baltimore" should have 
known that it was not advisable to permit his 



men to go ashore in a city where the feeling 
was so strong. The fight took place in the 
lowest quarter of town, in a locality not 
unlike our Barbary Coast; the men of the 
" Baltimore," with a load of liquor on board, 
were probably looking for a fight, and, unfor- 
tunately, found it. This country is unhappily 
situated in the premises; the Government is 
in a serious position; all it can do is retire 
gracefully; if it can do that, it will be lucky. 

* * * 

The florists have evidently formed a 
trust, which is by law forbid and in violation 
of the statutes made and provided. Two days 
before Christmas the gentle violet was worth 
twenty-five cents a bunch ; Christmas Eve the 
odorous flower cost one dollar a dozen; chrys- 
anthemums were a trifle higher, and roses 
white and roses pink were so exceedingly 
dear that none but bell boys could touch them- 
I rejoiced on Christmas night to find droop- 
ing, withered, dead roses in a florist's window; 
roses and violets and chrysanthemums in great 
sickly bunches. With the robber who keeps 
the shop I had tried to make a trade for the 
roses, offering him $2.50 a dozen ; he would 
not sell at that price; for his violets he 
wanted $1 50 a bunch; I would not buy at 
that figure; for his chrysanthemums he 
wanted their weight in gold; as their stems 
were very long, and as I do not part with my 
gold by weight, I left him; two hours later I 
might have had his shop for $5. 

* * * 

Flowers were not scarce — not as scarce as 
they were last year; but the robber class — the 
men who sell — thought they would reap a 
harvest from the people's desire; in many 
instances they failed, and I am glad of it; 
they should leave foot-padding and highway - 
ing to the dealers in silverware and jewelry. 
It seems that everyone with anything to sell 
at this season tacks on an extra price to his 
wares, calls them Christmas novelties, and 
forces them on a suspecting public that is too 
weak to verify its suspicions. If Christmas is 
ever abolished, and The Wave may find it 
necessary in the interest of the people to ask 
for a law declaring it inimical to the general 
dishonesty in that it makes men greater 
robbers than they usually are — it will be be- 
cause of exorbitant advances dealers in the 
unnecessaries of life demand for their wares. 

* * * 

Some time ago I had almost made up my 
mind to demand the abolishment of Christ- 
mas, but not for the reasons given in the 
foregoing. I thought the celebrations should 
be discontinued on the ground that the 
"Xmas" illiterature was gradually under- 
mining our beli'ef in the National character- 
istics. There was apparent on the part of 
many of the writers a disposition to show that 
some of our most suc.essful business men — 
who had remained crusty bachelors — were 
only kind and opeu-hearted at the happy 
Christmas-tide, when everyone knew that a 

Arcadian Waukesha Water. Your Physician will 
recommend it. 



Christmas carol or a merry greeting could no 
more unlock the doors of their generosity than 
a just cause, unaccompanied by a golden 
argument, could get a decision from the 
Supreme Court. 

There is a notable improvement in the 
Examiner's Washington service and in the 
editorial columns. One would not think 
there was much connection between the cor- 
respondence and the expression of opinion in 
a newspaper, but in this case there is. For 
some time Mr. Moffett, a soft-eyed, gentle, 
curly-haired disciple of reform-in-tariff, 
begged the unthinking farmer to think, and 
importuned the unreading orchardist to read 
the free trade editorials in my Democratic 
contemporary; of course, they paid no atten- 
tion to him. The only way to convince some 
men of what is right and proper is to use the 
"sack" argument, the only efficacious vote- 
winner in politics; even then it is not always 
productive of the desire i effect; if your 
man is comparatively honest and will stay 
bought, it is without rival. Mr. Moffett was 
wasting his time talking to tho ;e who would 
not hear, and he was dispatched to Wash- 
ington. 

* * * 

Everyone who reads the dispatches will 
notice the improvement in the quality and 
character of news from that diplomate's wal- 
low. The stories are bright, well-written, 
and worth reading, and if what is told does 
not suit the reader, the manner of telling 
cannot fail to please. And the editorial 
columns are brighter — from my standpoint, 
which is, of course, the right one. Arthur 
McEweu does not burden them with statistics, 
but with his delicate, pointed irony points a 
moral and knocks a man out of conceit with 
himself in every paragraph. There is evi- 
dence, however, that the brilliant McEwen is 
not given the power to use his talents to their 
limit ; he shows, now and again, thit where 
his virility would unseat a scoundrel, that he 
must only scratch him, and when he cou'd 
beat down a public official who is battering 
in the people's treasury that he may merely 
kick him. 

The Press Club is the haunt of men who 
tell more good stories in a day than are printed 
in a year. Whe i the distinguished prototype 
of " Sockless Jerry" of Kansas opens the 
portals of his memory t > the emission of 
reminiscences, or permits his tongue to spDrt 
in the embouchure of his chin, one may hear 
a tale that the jongleurs of old would have 
given their best lutes to possess. Ed Phillips 
told the latest, and it had to do with that 
prince of g in-fighte s, Wyatt Earp, who, some 
years ago. was familiar enough with the Dave 
Nagle countenance to tweek its most protuber- 
ant part. Mr. Nagle, however, -at a later 
period, redeemel himself by officiously mur- 
dering a person of the name of Terry, who had 
just smote the Field face, and was engaged in 
the peaceful consumption of some railroad- 
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praised by a score or two of devilishly corrupt 
editors, who sold their space to this villain- 
ously disgraceful work for the dollars .of the 
man who had writhed under the Terry slap. 

* * * 

But it was of Wyatt Earp I " was going for 
to write." He is a strange creation : a big, 
lawless, law-fearing, justice-loving man- 
killer ; the typical frontiersman, who shoots a 
man for not drinking with him, and gives up 
his last dollar to bury the victim. I have 
small love for that sort myself, as I am accus- 
tomed to drinking with whom I please, but 
stories of border life have made the men of 
whom Wyatt Earp is a representative the 
heroes of the day. In San Diego, when the 
boom made of acre land in that city choice 
corner lots, Earp moved in from New Mexico, 
and was regarded very highly by the ruffians 
and gamblers who gathered there, because of 
his singular rapidity in drawing his weapon 
and the general correctness of his aim. All 
disputes among them were left to his decision, 
and Mr. Earp generally gave satisfaction. 

* * * 

On one occasion, two gamblers became in- 
volved in a quarrel; one had insisted in bet- 
ting over the limit; and the other put the extra 
chips to the credit of the bank. They had 
never been friends, and the time was consid- 
ered a good one to settle differences; they 
arose, drew their weapons, and started in to 
"do up" each other. Friends interposed, 
when the man who started to raise the limit, 
said he had a right to kill his opponent ; he 
had not been given a square deal, and it was 
his privilege to blow a hole in the other man 
big enough for a hay wagon to drive through. 
Those present said Earp should be called in to 
decide the matter, and when he appeared he 
was informed of the circumstances of the 
case. "Say, Wyatt," said the man who 
thought he was privileged to open the shoot- 
ing, " ain't I right ? Isn't it a gun fight?" 

Mr. Earp thought a moment. " Well, 
Joe," he remarked, contemplatively, "yermay 
get a chance some other time; but from what 
I hear'n o' the stfrcumstances of the case an' 
from all the evida?ice, yer ain't entitled to no 
kill on this deal." And the fighters sheathed 
their guns. 

* * * 

In these degenerate days the virtuous 
cannot afford to err, or the holy to let slip 
chances of exhibiting their sanctity. I have 
just heard of an admirable opportunity of illus- 
trating the efficacy of prayer which the con- 
gregation of Trinity Church has just 
permitted to escape. It is quite a story, and 
it concerns my esteemed friend, Rev. J. Saund- 
ers Reed. When he departed from San Fran- 
cisco, Mr. Reed left in charge of his flock a 
clergyman named Church. An excellent 
man in his way, doubtless, but by no means 
sensational, he was calculated to render the 
home-coming of the regular Rector a trium- 
phant event. Besides preaching on Sundays, 
Mr. Church has attended to his seminary 
which is quite a business, and it has some- 
times happened he has been prevented from 



rendering unto Trinity all of his time that 
belongs to Trinity. 

Nothing if not sensational, Rev. Saunders 
Reed wrote from Philadelphia a letter to be 
read by Mr. Church to the flock on Christmas 
morn. An artistic and eloquent piece of word 
painting, it spoke in moving phrases of the 
absent, minister's deep grief at his inability to 
preside at the holy Christmas services. 
Immediately on top of it came a telegram timed 
to arrive on Thursday evening, when the con- 
tents of the epistle had been properly digested. 
Alas, Mr. Church was not at home; a lady whom 
he had authorized to open his correspondence 
was not to be found. The letter had been 
turned over to the Vestry, and the Sexton's 
wife, into whose hands the dispatch had come, 
did not know what to do. 

* * * 

Finally, she opened the envelope. It was 
from Mrs. Reed, was brevity itself, and was cal- 
culated to deepan the impression produced by 
the letter — to have made a sensation, in fact. 
It said: 

"Ask the prayers of the congregation for Rev. J. 
Saunders Reed. He is very low with the grippe." 

Much alarmed, the lady commenced pass- 
ing the missive around. From one hand it 
fell into another's, but so exciting was the 
sad intelligence, and so flurried the Vestry, 
that it was not turned over to the minister 
until the last member of the congregation 
was filing out of the holy edifice. Thus the 
chance of a lifetime was missed, because on 
the following day word came that J. Saunders 
Reed was greatly improved, and expected to 
be out and around within twenty-four hours. 
Had the church but invoked the proper 
authorities, the inference that their pastor's 
speedy recovery was due to their interven- 
tions would have been unmistakable and 
irresistible. 

On the adamant heart of that intellec- 
tually magnificent aggregation, the Century 
Club, the tears of the black-balled have fallen 
not in vain. From this organization have 
come more sullied names than the " Blue 
Book" can record on a score of pages. Its 
door has been guarded with ferocious dames, 
whose Argus eyes have noted every point of 
weakness in the applicant's armor; the men- 
tally unfit, the socially undesirable, and the 
financially loathsome have been excluded 
with a persistency and frequency that have 
appalled proposers and outraged proposed. 
The Royal Family, of which the Century 
Club is composed, would none of the Plebeians, 
and, as a consequence, its treasury became that 
thing abhorred by nature, a vacuum; its mem- 
bership roll showed as unbeautifully as a 
a witch's depopulated gums, and its meetings 
looked like a gathering of Supervisors on a 
prize-fight night. 

* * * 

The Century Club has many claims to dis- 
tinction; but the one that endears it to Fame 
was born of the fact that William Keith, 

Arcadian Waukesha Water Cures Indigestion. 



artist, poet, philosopher, read a paper in its 
august midst. This was the first time that 
Mr. Keith had ever shaken his torso before as 
many as two individuals of the Century Club 
sex, and there was great rejoicing at the 
event. As its result, a number of names were 
proposed as those of ladies who would be 
shining eruptions on the club's membership 
rolls; but they were all rejected. The pecu- 
liarities of the system of election are beyond 
the Australian ballot, and transcend the 
scheme of admission to heaven. 

* * * 

A blessed trinity receives the names of 
those who would have written in their obitu- 
aries : "She was a woman of rare literary 
entertainments, as her papers read at the 
Century Club prove;" whether or not this 
triumvirate approves or rejects, the applicant 
goes on to the Board of Managers, who usualiy 
send to the proposer word that they would be 
pleased to hear from her with another name. 
This is their kindly way of saying your friend 
is wallowing in the slough of the undesirable. 
So often has this notice been received that 
some of the members arose in their might 
and demanded that another form of election 
be tried, and the city's only female intellec- 
tual oasis is struggling with the question : 
"Shall the present form of rejecting appli- 
cants be continued ? " I hope not. 

* * -* 

Here is a story which Sam Shortridge 
alleges was told him by a miner just down 
from the Clinton Consolidated. It is a bear 
yarn, and though it his doubtless done duty 
before in another connection, it is good 
enough to repeat. This miner's name is 
Jones, and he is quite a nimrod, particularly 
fond of hunting bear. The footmarks of an 
especially fine one had been found in the vicin- 
ity of the claim, and off he started, gun in 
hand, to find it. It is a rough country, and 
in the section through which the trail led, the 
chaparral was very thick. Jones tramped 
along until the undergrowth grew so thick 
that to make any progress he had to go on 
his hands and knees. Holding his gun before 
him he cautiously made his way uiril he 
came to a place where the tough stems of the 
chapar al grew so close that further progress 
seemed impossible. 

"Did I turn back?" continues the bold 
hunter ; " no, sir; I simply laid down on the 
trail, holding me gun well ahead, and just 
glided through the chaparral. Suddenly I 
came to an opening. Half blinded by the 
dust, I looked up; above was foliage, and just 
in front was the bear, a fierce-looking brute. 
He was only six steps from me, I fiat on the 
ground, me weapon almost touching him." 

"And what did you do?" asked Mr. 
Shortridge, with eager interest. 

"What did I do? What could I do?" 
fiercely interrogated Mr. Jones. " I just died 
like a man." 

* * * 

This weird tale reminds me of one I heard 



5 



THE WAV E. 



told in a saloon at the Ocean Beach. It was 
a very wet, cold night, and a merry party sat 
round a fire, drinking hot whisky. The door 
opened and a young man came in, his clothes 
drenched, looking as though he had been 
submerged for hours. 

" I've had a wonderful escape, gentlemen," 
he said, " and if you will let me sit near the 
fire a few moments I will tell you of it." 

Room was made for him and a mug of the 
hot liquor passed into his eager hands. As 
he sipped, the color returned to his blanched 
cheeks, and here is the story he told: 

"My sweetheart was going to China on 

the steamer, City of , that left here 

two months ago, and I determined to take 
passage with her. She was accompanied by 
her guardian who strongly opposed my suit, 
but as the girl loved me his antagonism did 
not cut much of a figure. 

* * * 

"One foggy night, out in mid ocean, I was 
with my darling on the hurricane deck. Sud- 
denly the huge steamer gave a lurch. There 
came a terrible grating. I looked round. 
We had run, not into, but along side an ice- 
berg. Some beam must have fallen on me 
for the next thing I knew was a sensation of 
intense cold. I recovered consciousness to 
find myself on the iceberg. The steamer had 
vanished in the fog. What to do I knew not. 
I lay there for hours. Day came. Not a sail 
in sight. I rigged up a mast and hung on it 
my coat as a signal. No avail. We were a 
thousand miles, at least, from San Francisco — 
perhaps 1200. 

" Gentlemen, you will admit," continued 
the speaker as he swallowed his fourth glass of 
whisky, " you will admit my plight was 
desperate." 

* * * 

" I suppose," said one of the circle, "just 
as you were giving up hope a passing schooner 
rescued you." 

" No, alas. I was not so fortunate." 

" I suppose they missed you on the steamer 
and sent a boat back," hazarded another. 

"No, gentlemen, I assure you that on the 
third day of my life on the iceberg, there was 
not a sail in sight. Finally, in desperation, 
I made up my mind what to do. There was 
nothing for it but that." 

He paused, drank another glass of whisky, 
and stood up. 

" You may not believe me, but I speak the 
truth." 

"Well, how did you get ashore ? " The 
crowd was intensely eager. 
" Gentlemen, I swam." 

* * * 

Because Judge Wallace has reversed the 
Supreme Court it is not fair to regard that 
discredited tribunal as composed entirely of 
McFarlands. One must not forget Mr. 
Justice Garoutte, for instance, of whom it has 
been said " when young he neglected to study- 
law, when old he did not have time ; " or 
Chief Justice Beatty whose admirable integ- 



rity excuses intellectual and legal deficiencies. 
There is also Justice De Haven, whose 
appearance is that of an Illinois granger of 
the ante belliun period, whose dissenting 
opinion in the Bruner case has given him 
somewhat of a reputation in his own pro- 
fession and with the public. He is very tall, 
is this judicial ex-Congressman, something 
above six feet two inches in height and broad 
in proportion — a man of the Abraham Lincoln 
type, whose strong, marked features are in 
decided contrast to those of his colleagues on 
the bench. 

* * * 

De Haven is about forty-five years of age, 
and is a Humboldt County lawyer. He has a 
long upper lip. stiff hair, worn in a kind of a 
Pompadour, and a gray goatee, which he is 
given to fondling reflectively. He looks, 
indeed, as though he might preside over a 
meeting of the Farmers' Alliance in Sonoma 
County. For years he was Superior Judge of 
Humboldt County, and made a reputation 
there by rendering decisions which the 
Supreme Court did not reverse. In his county 
and in Mendocino no man stood higher. 
Indeed, what more conclusive testimony of 
his reputation could be offered, than his elec- 
tion to Congress from a district decidedly Dem- 
ocratic. He ran against Thomas Thompson, 
one of the most popular representatives the 
First Congressional District ever had. So 
his achievement was one to be proud of. He 
returned from Washington not impressed with 
either the magnitude nor the duties of his 
position. 

* * * ' 

In Congress, De Haven drew National 
attention to himself by protesting against the 
dogmatic rulings of Speaker Reed. Though 
a Republican, he declined to stand in with 
his party in enforcing gag rule. He became 
tired, too, of being a species of messenger 
for his constituents. "I came to Washing- 
ton," he said, " prepared to devote my time 
and attention to the affairs ot the Nation, and 
I found my usefulness to consist in running 
errands for Californians who wanted posi- 
tions." From the halls of Legislature, he 
retired in time to have his name presented to 
the State Convention as a candidate for the 
Supreme Bench. He was elected, and I am 
sure before his time of retirement comes, will 
have made a fine record for himself. 

* * * 

Justice de Haven is a man of considerable 
legal acquirements. His mind is strongly 
judicial ; it is natural for him to be just. 
Before going on the bench he had the largest 
law practice in Eureka, and is said to be very 
comfortably situated financially. In his brief 
year of office, he has rendered several striking 
decisions — one in the case of a disputed elec- 1 
tion, Dougherty vs. Routledge, in which his 
language told forcibly against the Republican 
candidate. In his decision re the Hotel del 
Monte fire, he defined forcibly the responsi- 
bilities of common carriers and of landlords. 
Without being models of English, his opinions 
are simple, forcible, and firm in statement. If 



he has not McFarland's rhetoric, he is consist- 
ent and strongly logical. 

* * * 

Another story that comes from the Press 
Club has to do with gambling in Arizona, 
where a revolver, and a pair of treys have 
been known to beat three aces and a couple of 
kings. Arizona is the land where the tender- 
foot is always getting the worst of it; where 
the new arrival is " broken in " early, and is 
I oftentimes laid away beneath the fine alkali 
dust before the " breaking " is completed; and 
where draw poker flourishes as do the cacti 
and prickly pear. In Tucson the only amuse- 
ment after dark is gambling, and some spirited 
poker games have been played there. A 
gentle stranger from the East, who was on 
his way to San Francisco, stopped off for an 
hour or two, and became interested in a little 
game. There were half-a-dozen men around 
the table, and each wore all the weapons that 
his belt cjuld hold. But the desire to indulge 
in poker overcame the tenderfoot's fear of this 
militarv display. 

* * * 

The game went on for some time, with 
varying fortune for the stranger. At last the 
coy goddess kissed him full on the lips; he 
held an invincible hand. All but one man 
dropped out as the tenderfoot raised the limit 
to its giddy height of fifty dollars; the native 
sat aghast for a moment; but, carefully 
skimming his cards raised back. The 
stranger put the limit up again, and was met 
'and " h'isted " by his opponent. Then the 
tenderfoot looked at his victim pityingly, and 
said he'd " better call." 

" Call yourself," was the reply. 
" All right, I'll do it. I've got you beaten. 
What were you 'bucking ' with ? " asked the 
stranger. 

* * * 

" What have you ? " cried the native. 
" Four aces," was the triumphant answer, 
as the tenderfoot reached for the pot. 

" Drap it," yelled the Arizonian: " drap 
it; I've a lally cooler." 
" A what ? " 

" A lally-cooler; biggest hand in the deck; 
three diamonds an' a pair o' clubs," and he 
reached for the pile. 

" I never heard of a ' hand ' like that before," 
said the stranger. 

" Well, you just look over there, an' see 
one o' the rules o' this game," said the native, 
pointing to a notice posted on the wall: 
" A Lally-Cooler beats fore ases. " 

The stranger thought a moment or two, and 
then offered his ticket to San Francisco and 
thence to New York for ten dollars. The 
keeper of the gambling house gave him chips 
i to that amount for it, and pushed ov-.r twenty- 
five dollars' worth of blues for his. watch, 
chain, and ring, and the game began again. 
The stranger won steadily; his pile increased 
to wonderful dimensions, and he bought back 
his jewelry. A jack pot was reached in the 
course of gambling events, and the stranger 
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stayed right with him, and " h'isted " his 
fifty dollars; the Eastern man came back with 
twenty dollars more, and the gentleman of 
Tucson " saw " it, and asked for one card. 

* j|c ♦ 

" I'll stand pat," said the stranger, and the 
betting began; the native borrowed from his 
friends, and the stranger "put up" his 
jewelry again. 

With his last chips he "called" the Ari- 
zonan, and "You're gone, this time," he 
cried exultingly. 

"Am I?" queried the native, " I've got a 
middlin' fair hand; four aces." 

"No good," yelled the stranger. "No 
good; I've a lally-cooler, three diamonds and 
a pair of clubs." 

"Pot's mine," said his opponent, "you 
can't play it. See that," and he pointed to a 
notice on the wall behind the tenderfoot: 

" A lally-cooler can only be play'd oncet in 
a nevening." 

* * * 

In last week's issue I related the story so 
generally circulated about the Curtis case and 
the continuance that followed J. N. E- 
Wilson's engagement for the defense. Judge 
Troutt explains that his sole motive was a 
desire to bring the Wallace case to trial. He 
gave it precedence because of the request of 
counsel for an immediate hearing. This cause 
had dragged for two years and a half and 
Wallace had succeeded in postponing its final 
settlement by claiming he was too ill to 
appear in Court. As the Curtis trial will 
take at least four weeks and as Wallace could 
be disposed of in a few days, Judge Troutt 
gave it place and set the former cause for 
hearing in January. The explanation is rea- 
sonable. I am glad the aspersion is shown 
to be unwarranted. 

It seems to me a strong effort should be 
made by the men of prominence aud standing 
in this community to have W. T. Wallace 
retained as Presiding Judge. He is willing 
to continue the fight against the "Boodle," 
and if the prevailing corruption can be put an 
end to legally, he is the man to do it. There 
is manifested a much stronger feeling in the 
country over the Grand Jury disclosures and 
the Supreme Court's action than in town, and 
it is likely to result in very sweeping changes 
at the next election. I am assured that 
Judge Wallace's only motive is to aid the 
cause of justice. He is going to Europe when 
his term expires in January next, and rumors 
to the contrary notwithstanding, is not a 
candidate for either Senator or Governor. 

* * * 

In the event of some new Presiding Judge 
selecting a Grand Jury amenable to the dis- 
position and tastes of the Boodlers, I am 
informed there is a proposition on foot to 
make it rather warm for Ex-Senator Lynch. 
There can be no question that Lynch was 
the most active member of the "illegal pre- 
cedent." Had it not been for him and Bar- 
clay Henley, there would have been as little 
reforming as at any other time. He bestirred 



himself to obtain evidence, however, and 
found so much that he was ready to make it 
sultry for a few very prominent people in town 
here. Among others, he entered into a com- 
pact with six assemblymen whereby, in 
return for their evidence, he agreed to protect 
them. 

* # * 

I believe they were to give evidence con- 
cerning some of the infamous plots put up 
during last session, and a guarantee was given 
they would be safe. However, these six are 
now deeply wrought up, and have given the 
story to some ot their associates, who declare 
they will have Lynch indicted for conspiracy. 
There is hardly anything that Buckley's arch- 
enemy would so welcome as a charge of this 
character, and I am strongly of the opinion 
he would make it very hot for his accusers 
before he got through with them. 

Everybody will concede that Judge Wal- 
lace was authorized to adopt any means to put 
the Supreme Court to flight, but it was hardly 
fair for him to resort to the deadly parallel 
column. He might have shown that the 
Court was thoroughly idiotic, and at logger- 
heads with itself as to whether or not Bruner 
had a right to a writ of prohibition, without 
introducing this death-dealing appliance. As 
it is, Justices Paterson and McFarland, who 
were paralleled, have my sympathy. They 
may console themselves with the comforting 
reflection, however, that they are not the first 
hairsplitters on the bench who have been laid 
low by that contrivance. 

* * * 

It seems to me that Christopher Buckley, 
in his strictures on the political situation here, 
came very near the truth. His ascendancy 
he ascribed to the indifference of the people to 
public affairs, and he did not err. If the 
experience to diagnose the weaknesses of our 
system was ever possessed by a single individ- 
ual, Buckley had it. There is no questioning 
his intellectual power, however one may cen- 
sure his morals. What he has to say on any 
subject is well worth reading, though he has 
the invincible San Francisco habit of ascribing 
his downfall to persons, rather than to the 
people. So far as the man is concerned, he 
has always seemed to me the best part of his 
machine. He has now been disposed of — but 
his system is still in existence. 

* * * 

Supposing Christopher Buckley should 
return here a few months hence, he would 
undoubtedly be discredited, but to wield his 
old influence he would merely have to assume 
his old place. The machine is still intact, 
and no one knows better than he how to 
handle it. I should advise the Examiner, 
now that the Boss is overthrown, to transfer 
its attention to his underlings, so as to scatter 
the very remnant of his forces. So long as 
the nucleus of an organization exists, Buckley 
is dangerous. Dissipate it, and no one has 
aught to fear from him. 

No matter how strong a candidate is, how 



unimpeachable his record, he stands the poor- 
est chances of being elected if his name does 
not appear on one of the regular tickets at an 
election. There is John T. Dunn, State Con- 
troller for two terms — a man whose integrity 
was almost awe-inspiring. Desiring a third 
term, he informed Mr. Buckley of his candi- 
dacy, and was told he could not have the nom- 
ination. 

"You cannot defeat me," he remarked, 
vehemently. " My record is too good." 

"Well," said the Boss, "go in and see 
how your record will avail you in the con- 
vention." 

The result of his efforts was as the practical 
politician had demonstrated. He was beaten. 

* * * 

A mass meeting may change the pro- 
gramme, but the Superior Judges have about 
made up their minds to elect Mr. Troutt to 
preside over their tribunal. Judge Wallace is 
to be shelved, and Boodle will breathe freely. 
I announced some weeks ago that the place 
would fall to Troutt, but since then the names 
of both Slack and Sanderson have been promi- 
nently mentioned, and I believe if either 
would accept, J. N. E. Wilson's ex-partner 
would be shelved. To follow Wallace is, at 
anytime, an unenviable responsibility, but to 
select a new Grand Jury after him is some- 
thing that the boldest might shrink from. 
Its failure will be credited to its creator. 
Mr. Troutt, however, was elected for a short 
term, and is exceedingly anxious to succeed 
himself. He owes his elevation to the bench 
to the kindly offices of Crimmins and Kelly, 
and the chances are he would, not in his j udicial 
capacity attempt to pose as a reformer. 

New Year Day being the point of time 
at which most people attempt to aban- 
don their bad habits, I venture to indulge 
the hope that Br'er Pixley has sworn 
off writing for the Argonaut. What an 
interesting publication that would be if 
he could only eschew his bad habit! Of 
course, it is useless to wish that Dr. O'Dou- 
nell would swear off running for Mayor, or 
that Colonel George A. Knight would let his 
whiskers grow. There are some things that 
are impossible. 

That wing of the Democratic party 
undipped of Grand Jury and unplucked of 
the Reorganizing Committee met in the base- 
ment of Metropolitan Temple this week to 
prepare for battle. Mr. Samuel Rainey, of 
whom so many people spoke in most discour- 
teous terms a few weeks ago, returned to the 
city on Saturday, to marshal the forces and 
prepare a programme for the County Commit- 
tee, of which he was a bright and shining 
adherent last year. 

The object of the meeting was to discover 
if the rusty wheels of the " machine" cotild 
not be oiled and greased sufficiently to induce 



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THE WAVE. 



them to "go wound " as of yore ; but I regret < 
to say that there seems small chance of this. 

* * * 

Invitations had been sent out in the most 
liberal manner, and I'll wager that the County i 
Committee, notwithstanding the tight hole it I 
is fitting just now, has a larger possession of I 
money than of Democratic acquaintance ; a 
number of Republicans were urged to attend I 
the meeting. However, the Fire Depart- 1 
ment was almost alone in the hall, and just i 
about half the County Committee was pres- I 
ent. But the attendance included a rare col- 
lection of political exotics, among them being ' 
the distinguished San Francisco statesmen ' 
who conduct the affairs of the Democratic I 
party during the absence of Buckley and 
Rainey. John H. Dougherty, on whom Hag- 
gin and Carr and Lux and Miller tell that 
droll story of his legislative experience, was 
there, and took an active interest in the pro- 
ceedings. Among the others present was 
Of Course Mr. Spotts, whose ability to draw 
up a resolution has given him a front place in 
the Democratic party. If I were to die to-day 
I should rather have a monument built to me 
of Mr. Spotts' Whereases, Therefore-be-its, 
and Resolveds, than of marble or of brass ; 
they last longer. 

* * * 

Mr. James Long acted as Secretary, as 
usual, and filled the position with great credit 
to the gentlemen who nominated him for the 
place. Nothing of great importance was 
done ; resolutions were passed to the effect 
that the Old Guard was still in the field, ready 
to fight for the offices at the drop of the hat ; 
and determined to flock by itself at all hazards, 
accepting no favors (that were not financial) 
from any one. When the Reorganizes heard 
this they rejoiced ; they believe if the party 
is not compelled to carry the Old Guard, noth- 
ing can prevent them from achieving success 
at the next election. The belief is very strong 
in the Reorganization Committee that the 
Democratic party, plus Buckley and his lambs, 
is 2500 short of a majority in San Francisco ; 
and that the party, minus Buckley and his 
lambs, has a majority of over 7000. That is 
a paradox, truthful at both ends, and entirely 
lacking in poetry. 

* * * 

After au, I believe Sidney Bell will 
escape the gallows. If he does, I will be 
heartily glad; if he does not, I will be much 
surprised. Money and brains have been 
engaged to keep him from a thrawn neck, and 
if there is any efficacy in the glint of gold, or 
any power in a rich mentality, he will be 
saved from the gibbet. I never was satisfied 
with the verdict that said Bell killed Jacobson; 
with many others, I believed that the bullet 
whose impact caused the victim to surrender 
his life was fired from a pistol not unknown 
in the dead man's family. But that's neither 
here nor there; Bell was accused; moneyless 
and friendless, with a bad record, circum- 
stances against him, and all the engines of 
the law blowing and puffing for his life, he 
was captured, tried, and condemned; if he 



does not escape now, I'll eat oysters in the 
summer time. 

* * * 

Bell's uncle, who holds a prominent place 
in the business and social life of Columbus, 
Ohio, has entered the arena against the gen- 
tlemen who have shown so much anxiety to 
hang him for the murder of Samuel Jacobson; 
the new-comer is rich and powerful, and can 
buy juror for juror with the prosecution any 
day. He has retained for the defense of his 
nephew a lawyer of the name of Luther Laflin 
Mills. This Luther Laflin Mills is not known 
very well here in •California; when the Dis- 
trict Attorney and his assistants see him, they 
are likely to laugh and nudge each other, as 
who should say, " We'll make short work of 
him." I pray they may not laugh at the 
wrong end of the struggle. I know Mr. Mills 
very well. He is a small, smooth-faced man, 
with a marvelous stretch of forehead; the 
deep-set eyes of a close thinker, and the 
wide mouth and flexible lips of the orator. 
I would rather be guilty, and have Luther 
Laflin Mills defend me, than be innocent and 
have for my advocates half a dozen of some of 
the lawyers I know. 

* * * 

For years, Luther Laflin Mills was District 
Attorney for Cook County "in the State of 
Chicago." I think the record will show that 
he never drew an indictment against a man 
who escaped serving time in prison. Before 
a jury, he is without a peer in this country ; 
as a pleader for the defendant, he is the most 
eloquent, the most convincing, the most 
importunate man I have ever heard. He is a 
revelation in court procedure ; gentle to the 
witnesses of the other side, kind to his oppo- 
nents, courteous to the judge, and manly and 
upright to the jury. There is no cringing or 
fawning on the twelve good men and true ; 
no truckling to prejudice or dust-kissing to 
win favor. He has been engaged in some of 
the most famous cases in the history of juris- 
prudence in Chicago ; the anarchist trial, the 
boodler cases of Cook County, and the Cro- 
nin affair, among others. If Bell does not 
escape the gallows, I will be content to act as 
rat-catcher for the denizens of Chinatown. 



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LAWN TENNIS. 

The courts of the California Club presented 
a gay appearance on Saturday, the occasion 
being the Club's Trophy Tournament, mem- 
tors singles only. The entries closed on 
the twenty-second instant, with the unprec- 
edented number of forty-seven players 
entered; this includes almost every active 
member of the Club, and the form displayed 
by some of the youngsters was a revelation 
to all the older players and goes a great way 
toward showing what careful practice can 
accomplish. 

W. Taylor, Jr., will not take part as he has 
not had opportunity to practice enough; this 
will make Hubbard a strong favorite and will 
disappoint a great many people who were 
anticipating a treat when Taylor and Hubbard 
would come together. 

The next important event in local tennis 
circles will be the Alameda County champion- 
ship which takes place at the courts of the 
Alameda Club on New Year's Day. Hub- 
bard, Bates, Neel, Tom Magee, and all the 
cracks across the bay will take part and a 
large crowd will probably cross over from this 
side of the bay to witness what will, no doubt, 
prove an interesting tournament. 

Bates comes against Hubbard on this 
occasion and the East Oaklanders are con- 
fident of their representative holding his own 
against the Lakeside crack. 

The five courts of the California Club have 
been continually occupied during the past 
week, and, in the opinion of a great many, this 
Club could easily fill eight courts with en- 
thusiastic tennis players. 

Bates, Neel, T. Driscoll, and Professor Daily 
will play to-day at San Lorenzo on the court 
of Mr. Lewelling. 

The boys realize that they have a contract 
on their hands when they meet Tobin and 
Taylor two weeks from New Year's Day, and 
from now on will practice hard and often. 
This contest will decide the ownership of the 
beautiful pennant, and will no doubt, be the 
most exciting event of the season. 

A match will probably be arranged between 
the winners of the above match and O. Hoff- 
man and C. Hubbard, the latter team would 
certainly make a strong one, and their ability 
to cope with the best of teams has been ably 
demonstrated in practice. 

The Taylor brothers, Tobin and a few 
others will pass the coming week at Mon- ' 
terey. 

W. Page has left for Santa Barbara to be 
absent for a few weeks; on his return he will 
resume practice with Schmieden, and this 
team will shortly issue a challenge to play 
s ome of the many ambitious teams that are 
springing up of late. Scorer. 



San Francisco, Aug. 26th, 1891 



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The lUaVe 

SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL 



Issued Weekly from Office of Publication at San 
Francisco 

By COSGRAVE & HUME. 



San Francisco, January 2, 1892. 



THE BIBLE'S INFALLIBILITY. 

The accession of Dr. Lyman Abbott, of 
Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, to the ranks of 
those who doubt the infallibility of the 
Bible, makes a frightful breach in the ranks 
of the orthodox army. As radical as Henry 
Ward Beecher was on the irreconcilability of 
some things in the creed with the accepted 
facts of science, it is doubtful whether he 
could eYer have nerved himself to the task of 
admitting that only portions of the Sacred 
Book were inspired. It was Bob Ingersoll 
who once said that in the race of progress 
everything had outstripped religion. Though 
science had revealed the composition of the 
heavens, had harnessed steam and electricity 
and made of mankind almost a single family, 
religion was much the same as in the days 
of Calviu, and Luther, and Wesley. 

But it seems that Dr. Abbott at one sitting 
has admitted away the very corner-stone argu- 
ment of the ancient religious establishment. 
It is but a step from saying that the Bible is 
only partially inspired to saying that it is not 
inspired at all. If it is a history and not the 
gift of the Almighty to his children on earth, 
then there is nothing left, for like all histor- 
ies it can soon be practically demolished by 
the critics. I am inclined to think that Dr. 
Abbott is not speaking by authority. The 
"accepted facts of science" which his 
brethren in the church are so fond of recon- 
ciling with sacred writ, have evidently got 
too strong grips on his mind. It has long 
been believed that Plymouth Church had a 
religion of its own, adapted to the peculiar 
business habits of its congregation, and if Dr. 
Abbott does not look sharp that belief will 
become established. 



The retirement of Lieutenant Zalinski 
from active service, which will probably be 
the outcome of the apopletic stroke he has 
suffered, cannot fail to be a loss to civilization. 
The pneumatic gun of his invention, which 
throws a can of dynamite several miles, his 
range finder for field artillery, and his disap- 
pearing gun for Coast defense, have already 
done much to force mankind to contemplate 
the abolition of warfare. When war means 
simply destruction to the participants, as 
Lieutenant Zalinski's inventions tend to make 
it, the combats of the civilized world will con- 
sist of tournaments of the pen and jaw. 



There is little doubt but that a practical test 
of Zalinski's dynamite gun would show that 
naval warfare is a thing of the past. The 
largest man-of-war can easily be blown out of 
the water with it. 



REVISE SANTA CLAUS. 

That we are creatures of habit and prece- 
dent is proved by the artistic use we make 
in California every year of that hoary old 
fraud known as Santa Claus. Our pictures 
represent him as a fat, red-faced fellow ) 
covered with furs and snowflakes, and about 
to descend a chimney sparkling with frost 
and ice. The idea that Santa Claus revels 
only in snowstorms has been imported into 
California by the Easterners who came here in 
the early days and dispossessed the natives, and 
as he appears in the pictures, there is no child 
in this country so insufferably green as not to 
be able at once to denounce him as an arrant 
humbug. There are no snow and ice in Cali- 
fornia, and on the coldest days such furs as 
Santa Claus wears would roast a fat man. 

There is no difficulty in convincing even 
our intelligent youngsters that St. Nicholas 
is able to descend a chimney, which, under 
ordinary circumstances, would not admit the 
toes of his number fourteen boots; but the 
mittened hands, furry robes and resplendent 
snow banks tax their credulity beyond 
reason. Something ought to be done to 
immediately explode this fraud. The im- 
ported Santa Claus should be killed off, or 
in a few years the "kids" of California 
will abandon the pleasant and romantic super- 
stition altogether. 

I think St. Nicholas might be adapted to 
our climate and social condition by picturing 
a fat man with a rubber coat, gum boots, and 
an umbrella. He might carry the traditional 
pack of toys with the addition of a keg of 
lager beer under one arm. There would be 
no objection to his descending a chimney, but 
his teams of reindeer on the roof should be 
displaced by Telegraph Hill goats. A sou' 
west rain could, with great appropriateness, 
be substituted for the snow and ice, or, better 
still, a few layers of Mission mud. 

The frosty Christmas card, with its snow- 
covered church and little cottage under the 
bleak hill, ought also to be abolished with 
the imported Santa Claus. It is an even more 
arrant fraud on our youthful population. Our 
Native Sons know no such church and no such 
cottage. Christmas in their minds is associa- 
ted with wild ducks, choke-berries, plowing, 
and a night out with the boys. If the East- 
ern card-printers cannot give us a Californian 
Christmas, we ought to repudiate them, and 
get our native artists to work on a Santa 
Claus and an outdoor scene adapted to our 
climate. 



Another year has slipped along the 
rosary of time, and humanity has passed 
another mile stake in the journey of life. 
There has been scarcely a flutter of passing 



wings, and the hoary-head ;d old man has, for 
the moment, shouldered his remorseless 
scythe, to peep admiringly into the cradle of 
the New Year. This is pre-eminently a 
season of change, of fruition, of new hopes 
and promises, and should also be a season of 
serious thought. 

To the average man there is a vista of 
unfulfilled pledges, solemnly covenanted with 
himself at the birth of '91, which cannot fail 
to mortify his self-love, but memory gradually 
fades into exteauation, and he is left to the 
restful meditation of a good cigar, in the 
smoke clouds of which he hopefully plans the 
future. If a similar experience in the past 
has failed to bring success or happiness, he is 
none the less buoyant and cheery in his 
wrestle with fate and preordained destiny. 
He builds as many castles in Spain as ever, 
and the morning of the year is rose-hued and 
bright. 

— — — »•< 

SENATORS BY THE PEOPLE. 

In discussing his project for changing the 
Constitution so that United States Senators 
shall be chosen by the people, Senator 
Mitchell of Oregon says that one of the most 
powerful arguments in its favor is the conse- 
quent avoidance of all scandal, " which some- 
times attaches to the Legislature that is said 
to be bribed." The use of the word " some- 
times " in this connection is quite striking. 
I should be pleased to have some person refer 
me to a Legislature within the past ten years, 
outside of New England and one or two South- 
ern States, which has elected a Senator with- 
out being bribed. So well established has 
the custom of paying for seats in the Senate 
become that, in many States, if no one offered 
to purchase, the Legislature might be ex- 
pected to adjourn without electing. I will 
venture to say that of the nearly one hundred 
men who pretend to represent their States in 
the Federal Senate, not over ten can truth- 
fully raise their right hands on high and 
affirm that bribery or corruption in some form 
did not enter into their election. 

The business of debauching Legislatures 
has long since become a fine art in this country. 
At the present time the Senate of the United 
States represents nothing but corporate 
wealth. The people hold it only by a single 
weak thread. A majority of the members 
are ambitious to become President and, unlike 
their prototypes in the British House of 
Lords, they suppress some of their real feel- 
ings. 

There should be no question about Senator 
Whitehall's constitutional amendment. It 
ought to pass unanimously. If the Senators 
decline to support it, they can be threatened 
a little in the State and National conventions, 
and they will not long hold out. Once 
restored to the people, the Senate would 
become a chamber where might be found the 
ablest and most famous Americans — publicists, 
lawyers, journalists, and statesmen. Now it 
is a refuge for political rascals and million- 
aires. 



X H K WAVB. 



A LETTER ABOUT BOOKS 

Dear Miss Matilda: — Remembering I 
have hitherto refrained from writing you 
about the American novel, you will forgive 
me referring to some native productions I 
have just read. I realize it is asking a great 
deal, but be rash enough to follow my ex- 
ample and you will appreciate the provoca- 
tion. I am strongly under the impression I 
have found something new. After you have 
heard what it is, you may consider my con- 
clusion not wholly unjustifiable. 

It's a book, of course — "An Automatic 
Wife" — without exception the roughest and 
most vulgar production I have ever had the 
misfortune to skim through. I can assure 
you "Mr. Barnes of New York" is subtle 
and refined beside it. In my secret soul I 
have always believed authors were innocent 
of commercial instincts, that they failed to 
realize the advertising possibilities of their 
novels. Wm. Hosea Ballou has convinced 
me of my error. The financial results of this 
addition to our literature should prove most 
satisfactory. It is really a series of "write- 
ups " strung on a weak plot, which sets forth 
the strivings of an impossible swell to find an 
incomparable wife. In his search, this per- 
sonage, who is as seductive as a hero by 
Ouida, and rich as a walning gentleman 
by Tom Fitch, is compelled to travel from 
New York to Chicago, to New Orleans, to 
Niagara. An ordinary writer would whisk 
him from one place to auother, forgetting to 
mention the method or manner of his going. 
Not so, Mr. Ballou. He canvasses in fat 
paragraphs the merits of the separate 
lines of railway — at so much per line, 
of course — admits that the steamers of 
a certain route are excellent, and considers 
the claims to attention of leading hotels and 
cafes. One learns that whoever desires fine 
service must go to a certain hotel in Chicago, 
that there is but a single restaurant in New 
York where you can have a sherry cobbler 
mixed properly. The splendor of the draw- 
ing and dining-room cars on the New York 
Central finds ample admiration, and there is a 
full half chapter devoted to describing the 
efforts of the Michigan Central to beautify 
Niagara. There are dissertations on table 
manners and generalizations about the beauty 
of American woman. In one chapter, the 
necessity for building levees along the Miss- 
issippi introduces a lengthy biography of 
Christine Nilsson. 

Were I the Czar of literature I should 
knout Mr. Ballou and then secure him the 
position of a champagne drummer. It is a 
profession in which all the qualities he is evi- 
dently possessed of would find the keenest 
appreciation. His novel is of the species one 
might compose on a typewriter. 

Quite a different style of tale to this is Opic 
Read's "Emmet Bonlore." Distinctly Ameri- 
can, I am sure you will find in it a great deal 
to interest you, and not a little to instruct. It 
is a notable fact that the majority of men who 
have graduated into literature from journal- 
ism are rarely clever at reproducing the 
characteristics of the people among whom 
they live. The tendency is to tell the story 
merely for its own sake, omitting the local 
color and the details that constitute the artis- 
tic qualities of fiction. Take the sketches 
contributed to the Christmas papers; in not 
one of them will you find a true touch of San 
Francisco. Opie Read, however, has passed 
his apprenticeship and writes of what he has 
seen and knows. For a rather loose and 



sketchy style his journalistic training is 
responsible, but he has produced a book that 
is worth something. It is the life story of a 
newspaperman, who, from small beginnings 
builds up in Little Rock, Arkansas, a flourish- 
ing daily. His vicissitudes, his struggles, a :d 
temptations, his love and his marriage, are all 
set forth very simply and very truthfully. It 
is not the picture of the man, though, that gives 
" Emmet Bonlore " its value; it is the life of 
the town in which he lives, the crimes and 
happenings, the elections, the stream of daily 
incidents and episodes that form the back- 
ground against which he stands out, that 
make this novel notable. The day will come 
when the panorama of San Francisco life will 
illumine the pages of some novel and then we 
will go before the world in a guise other than 
that in which Bret Harte continues to present 
us. 

"Barracks, Bivouacs, and Battles," by Archi- 
bald Forbes, is a book which, after you have 
finished, you can turn over either to your father, 
whom, I believe, is fully sixty-five, or to your 
brother whom you tell me is but fifteen. 
There are some splendid sketches in it. It is 
true, he cannot picture Tomm> Atkins with 
the inimitable art of Rudyard Kipling, nor 
does he set forth an incident with the rare 
skill of that talented story-teller. It is rather 
strong prose than elegant, but you will find 
some bits in it that will leave you ready to cry. 
The first sketch— " Got on the Strength," 
" The Gentleman Private of Skilomalinks," 
" The Double Coup de Grace," are stories 
full of true pathos and power; the incidents 
are strong enough to carry an indifferent style. 
By all means read them. After that try 
Clark Russell's latest "'The Tragedy of 
Ida Noble" an interesting and highly improb- 
able romance full of a fine marine atmosphere 
and containing a series of those admirable sea 
pictures that this author is so skillful at. No 
one has reproduced in prose the sounds and 
sights of the ocean as he has. Take this ; 
" All was silent aloft, the sails stirless to the 
gushing of the long salt breath of the east 
wind into the wide spaces of cloths, and noth- 
ing sounded over the side save the dim crack- 
ling and soft seething noises of waters broken 
undej the bow and sobbing and simmering 
past, with now and again a glad note like 
the fall of a fountain." 

What is surely one of the most artistic 
books of the season is " In Biscayne Bay " by 
Caroline Washburn Rockwood. It tells of a 
delightful winter spent among the Keys of 
Florida. Interwoven with pleasant de- 
scriptions of the lovely tropical scenery 
is a pretty love story that adds to the interest. 
The party has all manner of delightful excur- 
sions, not the least agreeable being those 
made in the Southern moonlight, which forms 
a silvery setting for the young affections of 
Zilla and Barton Kennard. The illustrations 
are really admirable. They are half-tones, 
beautifully grouped, soft, delicate, most artis- 
tic — re-produced from very clever photo- 
graphs. 

Rather a notable volume is " Prison Jour- 
nals during the French Revolution," by the 
Duchesse de Duras, nee Noailles. From a 
perusal of its pages one realizes the sufferings 
the old nobles were put to during that remark- 
able period in French history. Perhaps, 
indeed, you are interested in Ibsen — read the 
" Quintessence of Ibsenism," by G. Barnard 
Shaw. Doubtless you will acquire a large 
amount ot information from it. I don't imag- 
ine it will injure your morals severely to real- 
ize that this new literary light regards the 
real slavery of the day as slavery to ideals 
of virtue. Whoever desires to be read nowa- 
days must adopt some point of view sufficiently 



sensational to be startling, and at the same 
time entertaining. When I have determined 
on a point of view which will answer both 
requirements, I propose writing the great 
American novel myself. Oracle, K. B. 

BOOKS RECEIVED. 

"An Automatic Wife," by Hosea Rallou, \V. D. 
Rowland, publisher. For sale'bv San Francisco News 
Co. 

" Emmet Bonlore," by Opie Read, F. J. Schultz & 
Co. publishers. For sale by San Francisco News Co. 

"Barracks, Bivouacs, and Battles," by Archibald 
Forbes. MacMillan & Co. For sale by A. M. Rob- 
ertson. 

" The Tragedy of Ida Noble," bv W. Clark Russell. 
D. Appleton & Co. publishers. For sale by A. M. 
Robertson. 

"In Biscayne Bay," by Caroline W. Rockwood. 
Dodd, Mead & Co. publishers. For sale by ,Wm. 
Doxey. 

"Prison Journals," by the Duchesse de Duras. 
Dodd, Mead & Co. publishers. For sale by Win. 
Doxey. 

" Physical Development and Exercise for Women,' 
by Mary Taylor Bissell. Dodd, Mead & Co. publish- 
ers. For sale by Wm. Doxey. 

" The Quintessence of Ibsenism," by G. Bernard 
Shaw. Benj. R. Tucker publisher. For sale at all 
book stores. 



FINE BOOK S. 

Wm. DOXEY, importer of books, has just 
received a large shipment from London of 
elegantly bound Standard books. 

Semt for Complete Chritttma* Lint. 
WILLIAM DOXEY, 
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THE WAV E . 



MUSIC. 



OPERA AT THE BALDWIN. 

"Indigo," seriously, is scarcely a comic 
opera ; with insufficient scenic display for 
extravaganza, too few topical songs, and not 
enough plot for the most waitiug-for-some- 
thing-to-turn-up farce-comedy, it defies a place 
with the known forms of amusement combin- 
ing music, stage-setting, and dialogue. 
Strauss' waltzes, the "Blue Danube," and 
others of an equally undying virility, mix, 
assisted by reasoning hardly of the closest, 
with a murky transcription of the tale of Ali 
Baba and the Forty Thieves, into a prepara- 
tion smooth enough, but hardly to be taken 
as more than a pretense in the way of musical 
repast. Almost the self-same company asso- 
ciated with the name of Carleton, does its best 
with the piece. Nothing to strain upon the 
vocal resources crops up; the audience has 
fortunately not to sit husbanding its forbear- 
ance and smiling at grief. Without disputing 
a little more or less laryngeal wear and tear, 
there is left sufficient voice to go round, eked 
out by brisk business and stage alacrity. 

Opera bouffe singers are not within the 
range of art ; all kinds of inconsequent sing- 
ing, grotesque vowels, limitless aspirates, 
and intonation more bitter than sweet, may be 
glozed over in the same spirit that one judges 
the immoralities of great artists — as a matter 
of necessity and personal peculiarity, simply. 
Mr. Carleton and Miss Lane retain their for- 
mer abilities; Mr. Bigelow does some amusing 
business; Mr. Fitzgerald's song, " Not in a 
Thousand Years," makes a hit, and the cos- 
tumes are generally bright and effective. 

THE SEASONS OF '91. 

Compared with the year '90, beyond the 
limited sphere of our chamber concerts, the 
past year brought much less of musical inter- 
est. The performances of the Emma Juch 
Opera Company were the single contribution 
to opera seria allowed us, and Ovide Musin, 
in bad form, was the only artist of real celeb- 
rity to give a short concert season. The 
works given by the Juch Company alone were 
an addition to our musical experiences. Of 
the four Wagner operas, " Lohengrin" 
" Tannhauser," "Flying Dutchman," and 
" Die Walkure," the last only was new to the 
public, and, from the necessary artistic failure, 
little good resulted from the performance, 
save, perhaps, to warn others from making a 
similar rash attempt. Better success met the 
efforts of the company in the earlier works, 
and the performances left a strong impression, 
going some way to raising the standard of 
taste in opera and operatic performances. 

Mascagni, the composer of Italian opera of 
to-day, was represented by one of those whim- 
pering attempts at performances, making a 
laughing-stock of a great art, and damaging 
the cause of opera locally for much of the 
time to come; the allusion is to the recent 
rampant failure at the Orpheum with the 
unspeakable horrors attending the production 
of " Cavalleria Rusticana." En fiassant it is 
to be observed the Orpheum operatic per- 
formances of the year reached a classicality 
in bad eminence impossible of eclipse. The 
Oriental Opera Company arrived at an ungov- 
ernable height of the inept, but the Fabbri- 
Muller disorganization touched the acme, 
while the Columbia made its mark in its 
" chautling " forth of Mascagni's unhappy 
opera. Only a notch lower in the high levels 
of infamy reached by the full flood tide of 
these operatic crimes was a recent perfor- 
mance of "Der Freischutz" at the Tivoli. That 
theatre is responsible for the hatching of two 



very vile musical pieces, " Nenajo " and 
" Aquilo," during the year; perhaps they may 
be useful to serve as memories and warnings 
beyond which stupidity and original want of 
perception may no farther go. In opera the 
city has experienced during the last year the 
limit of the possible fiasco, and the impossi- 
ble. Modesty of the tenderest kind would be 
free from blame in hoping for something bet- 
ter in the year '92. 

Some concert artists descended upon us; we 
are still shuddering at the impact. With the 
memory of brassy brass bands which over- 
awed limited audiences the souvenirs of 
visitors come to an end. 

As an offset to the terrible jokes practiced 
upon us by visitors, the efforts of the local 
chamber concert-givers have been a legitimate 
success in directly opposite proportions. The 
series of Saturday Popular Concerts have been 
sustained with exceptional interest, and the 
Sunday Musical Afternoons given in the 
Steinway Hall have given us concerted works 
of the highest stamp. These concerts, as 
well as fostering the best inclinations, have 
brought before the audiences people of talent, 
whose work is acceptable, if not more than 
satisfactory. The scope of both these concert 
series has necessarily been limited to a small 
field, and in the matter of choral and orchestral 
societies there is still a silence unmeaning and 
insensate as ever. The Harmony Choral 
Union, a youthful society, "may be the nucleus 
from whence a vigorous body may grow, but at 
present its work is confined only to the ele- 
ments of choral work, and its few months of 
existence warrants hopes simply of the April 
kind. Cantata and Oratorio slumber in a 
trance which has no sign or promise of becom- 
ing less death-like. Symphony and overture 
make further attempts to clothe themselves in 
action, but the efforts are more than half 
abortive. When there is as much amateur 
ability the want of general interest in music 
must arise partially from the social conditions. 
Probably in no civilized city of this popula- 
tion is there such a universal ignorance of 
large choral and instrumental works; with no 
societies for the performance of these works, 
it is impossible that any other state of things 
should exist. The musical world here is in 
no want of capable performers for the produc- 
tion of solo works of the highest merit, but the 
place for the musician of ability, added to an 
intensity of purpose capable of drawing 
together the loose reins of local music for the 
purpose of creating an adequate choral and 
instrumental body, cries out loudly to be filled. 
The time, money, and effort expended on music 
is scarcely recompensed by the few perform- 



ances to be heard of purely chamber music, 
and scarcely of an exquisite standard of merit 
at that. It can hardly be possible that our 
professors and amateurs of music| care for the 
art entirely for its means of personal display 
alone; there must be a sentiment of apprecia- 
tion for the beautiful works for chorus and 
orchestra where personal ambitions have small 
chance of shining. The smallest sign of a 
coalition of forces among the musicians for 
artistic purposes, is worthy of more praise, 
encouragement, and recognition than all the 
brilliant work of soloists put together. Little 
as the present gives rise to such hopes, it is 
to be earnestly wished that the New Year will 
bring more than a nucleus to fill the aching 
void where now the choral and instrumental 
music should be. 

William A. Sherwood, whose powers have 
given him the highest place amongst Ameri- 
can pianists, will give two recitals at Metro- 
politan Temple on January 12th and 14th. 
His programmes will call out eve r y artistic 
and virtuoso quality in the range of modern 
pianism, and his performances will, in every 
way, be of special interest. 

On January 6th, Mr. Robert Tolmie will 
give a piano recital at Steinway Hall, which 
should command the attention of music lovers 
in general, and pianists in particular, his 
talents having raised for him a wide appre- 
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WILL OLD AGE FIND US 
LOVELY ? 

Before attempting to answer this question 
let us take a peep at the unemaneipated 
woman, at the great unwashed, and to do 
this we must go into her home. It is useless 
to say anything about the Society woman, 
she has all the world at her feet and she has 
her hands and heart full trying to adjust the 
differences between the men who are deter- 
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and life as far as possible, and the women 
who fondly imagine that they have ideas above 
pots and kettles and who long to elevate the 
whole social structure. 

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discontented is of the»middle classes, and she 
fancies that she ought to be released from the 
grinding care-; of household drudgery. 
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future deeply she imagiues that she could fill 
the position of teacher, clerk, or bookkeeper 
just as well as any other woman. Probably 
she could: but is the position of teacher, 



keep house, or rather keep at it all their 
lives without mastering any of its details, and 
never rise to the dignity of good housekeepers 
from youth to old age. 

The same thing is true of needle-work and 
sewing. In crossing the bay on a Sunday or 
strolling through the park when the middle 
classes are outing, one seldom sees a well- 
made garment which bears the stamp of home 
work upon it. The children are seldom, if 
ever, becoming or neatly dressed. Poorly- 
cooked food, poorly-made clothes, poorly-kept 
houses — in short, the sloven at home has 
much to answer for in the misery around us. 

The women who have no homes to keep 
and are thrown upon their own resources 
without protection, are the only ones who 
should compete with men, and their lot is 
hard enough to excite profound sympathy 
because of the unlovely light in which it 
places her. 

There is an abiding prejudice in the minds 
of nearly all men against a woman following 
a business or professional career, even in the 
lines thrown open to her. If a man is asked 
for an opinion on the question of woman's 
equality with man, he will probably say that 
he favors absolute equality, but if practically 



clerk, or bookkeeper better than doing her tested will unconsciously prove to you that 



own house work and taking care of her own 
children ? Is there less drudgery in 
them ? Is there less annoyance ? Will she 
be better satisfied, and will her associates 
be kinder than her family ? Does she have 
more time for improvement? Is her employer 
more considerate than a husband would be ? 
And, above all, is there less stigma attached 
to a " position " than living quietly at home 
away from tbe noise and bustle of the busi- 
ness world ? 

In studying this question how often has my 
heart ached as I saw the unexpected results of 
rebelling against the old order of tbings. The 
most pitiable cases are among middle-aged 
women who have sought relief in a divorce after 
several years of married life, and are too old 
to begin and learn a profession or trade well 
enough to compete with a man who has made 
it a life work. Generally her lack of fore- 
thought or inability to provide for herself has 
forced her into many expedients never 
dreamed of in the beginning. She has not 
improved in looks or temper by her experi- 
ence, is not likely to marry again to advan- 
tage, has a dreary old age ahead of her, and in 
all probability goes hungry half of the time! 
She lives in a dingy, little room, has lost caste 
with herself, and has received so many rebuffs 
and hard knocks that she is grateful for a 
little kindness from anyone. The great 
woman's heart is not crushed in her, but cries 
out for affection which her home life ought to 
have given and probably would, but for a 
misguided notion about rights and privileges. 

Of young girls who learn a trade the best 
wives are not made, because they have spent 
the intervening time between leaving school 
and marriage in some occupation which kept 



theory is one thing and practice quite another 
And now for the proof of it. Let any 
woman who is a stranger go into the office of 
this same believer in equality and ask for an 
interview during business hours, and then 
note the questioning, half doubtful, and alto- 
gether displeased expression on his face as he 
grudgingly consents to hear what she may 
have to say. The thought of a woman mixed 
up in a business affair is distasteful to him, 
and he simply looks and acts as he feels, and 
it will require the greatest tact on her part to 
dispel that and leave him with a pleasant 
impression of herself. And no woman can 
afford to have him think otherwise. 

In conversation with a successful profes 
sional woman who has a national reputation 
on this same question, she said: 

'' Ah, don't I know what that feeling is. I 
have been obliged to stand such severe 
scrutiny from men in my own profession that 
I have felt as if I hadn't a stitch of clothing 
on. I could not have felt worse if I had been 
perfectly nude." 

Do you think the poor little triumph of be 
iug able to succeed in the teeth of such oppo 
sition pays for the fiery ordeal through which 
one must pass ? No; because no man loves a 
woman who is his equal mentally; in fact, he 
must be a superior man not to hate her. And 
the best loved woman is the happiest, truest 
and best type of womanhood. Love is as nec- 
essary to her well-being as sunshine to 
plant, and rushing into the field with men and 
demanding the same privileges is not the 
way to win affection. 

The old saw about leading a horse to water 
but not being able to make him drink, is very 
applicable here. Women have gained sev 



them busy from morning until night, and they | eral concessions, but are not any happier than 



have neither time nor inclination to learn 
housekeeping. With all the facilities for 
making work light, such as giving out the 
washing, having the milkman, butcher, baker, 
and vegetable man call to receive orders, there 
is a shocking amount of slack housekeeping 
done in this city. There is not one among a 
hundred girls who marry, or the women who 
are divorced, who are good housekeepers, but 
it is impossible to make them understand that 
they are not capable of filling the position of 
domestic acceptably. If they were going to 
do chamber work for wages they would have 
to learn how to do it well before they could 
keep a situation. It is a pity that women 



they were before, and the home has lost more 
than business or Society has gained. The 
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short lived, and there comes a period in our 
lives when we are tired and the world rushes 
on and leaves us. Age cruelly strands us 
and the most serious question of the hour is 
Will we be as lovable old women as our grand 
mothers were ? If not, why ? 

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HIS HOLIDAY THIRST. 



Christmas is generally associated with snow and 
sleigh riding, blue noses, frozen finger tips, pretty 
girls in red flannel cloaks and fur tippets, egg flip, 
yule logs, fireside fun, and holly berries, but in the 
laud that lies under our feet, where the swans are 
black and the kangaroo is lord of the plains, Christ- 
mas goes with iced drinks, linen coats, palm leaf fans 
and refrigerators. 

Up in Northern Queensland, where the sugar cane 
grows, where it sometimes forgets to rain for a couple 
of years at a stretch, and where even the black fellows 
find it too warm to work, they have their Christmas 
parties at four o'clock in the morning and that gives 
them a few hours for eating before it is too hot to do 
anything except lie in a hammock in a shady cellar 
and pray for the night to cool things off a trifle. 

But true to the traditions of the old country the 
Queensland squatters, who measure their lands by- 
leagues and count their sheep by tens of thousands, 
always manage to keep Christmas, and will go miles 
from outlying stations to have a merry time with their 
friends. 

It was the day before Christmas, 1871, that I was 
invited by a messenger ou horseback to go from a 
station near Rockhampton and spend Christmas with 
a friend on the Black Hawk Range, some thirty-six 
miles away. .Stopping with me was a young squatter 
who knew the country better than I did, and when I 
turned to him he said: 

"Oh, let's go. It's a beastly bother stopping in 
this hole with only the cattle for company. I want to 
kiss a white girl under the mistletoe once more before 
I die, and I'm afraid I'll not get the chance unless I 
hurry up." 

He was a fine, strong fellow of seven and twenty, 
and we both laughed at the suggestion that his years 
would not be long in the laud that his father had 
discovered and taken up. 

" We'll take the buggy and the chestnut team," he 
suggested, " for even at night riding will be too hot, 
and we'll be over there in less than two hours and a 
half." 

In Australia there are, or were, at that time, just 
two kinds of horses on ranges — wild horses only fit 
to be shot, and cast-off thoroughbreds, not fit to race. 

The chestnuts were of the latter kiud, and had come 
to me because they had broken down in training and 
were not sound enough to send to India for army 
officers' use. They were about five years old, hated 
harness — and, in fact, hated all things on earth except 
kicking and galloping, and at both of those I would 
have backed them against any pair in the colony. 
Their breaking to harness was done in the style 
common in those days, aud which consisted of hitch- 
ing them to a long-shafted breaking cart and letting 
them gallop over the ground till they were too tired 
to do anything but walk. You see, all the stockmen 
were great horsemen, and the only use ou the station 
for a buggy team was to drive over once a week or 
so for supplies and mail. 

Our buggy was an American made, side spring, 
bought for a big price, and the toughest, lightest 
thing on wheels for 800 miles. The moon was up 
when we started, and as became his seniority and 
superior knowledge of the land, my friend, Arthur 
Wilson, handled the reins. He had his hands full, 
too, for that lovely-tempered pair of chestnut fiends 
went off at a dead run and never stopped, except to 
kick, for the first half-dozen miles; but as that was 
their custom neither of us minded. When they had 
cooled off a little Arthur handed me the lines while he 
reached under the seat for the water canteens, large, 
flat tins, wrapped in blankets and layers of sawdust, 
and soaked in water to keep the contents cool. 

The climate of Northern Queensland is so dry as 
well as hot that no animal can live for any length of 
time without water. The dry air sucks the moisture 
out of the body so fast that no matter how hot it is, 
you never notice any perspiration unless you are 
working very hard. Though the night was well- 
advanced and we had only been twenty minutes or 
less on the road, Wilson, who had been exerting him- 
self keeping the horses in some sort of shape, needed 
a drink. He did not find the canteens just where he 
expected, and was stooping down to look when the 
chestnuts gave a terrible sideways plunge that nearly 
snapped the pole of the buggy and would have broken 
it off like a carrot if it had not been made of the 
toughest, straightest piece of ash that ever left the 
State of Ohio. 

As I sawed them round Wilson looked up and said: 

"Give me the reins; you can't drive that team at 
all." 

I made some retort as I handed the horses to him 
that rather nettled him, and, as is common in such 
cases, he took it out of the horses, cracking his long 
stock whip about their heads and flaying them unmer- 
cifully. I had to hold on to the sides of the buggy 
which was rocking like a small boat at sea, and noth- 



ing more was said about water till we had gone a long 
distance, when Wilson, without turning his head, 
growled: 

" Can't you get me that water." 

1 reached under the seats for the canteens and thev 
were gone; the pluugiug of the horses had shaken 
them out of the buggy, aud as the tins were heavily 
padded we had not heard them fall. 

"Water's gone. Got to turn back for some more. 
Ain't eveu a mud hole between here and the Black 
Hawk I heard Jim say yesterday." 

" No water! Why didn't you have sense enough to 
tie 'em in ? " 

I ventured to remind my friend that he had filled 
the canteens and put them in the buggy himself, and 
that made him riley. 

" Well, I'll not turn back. It's twenty miles to the 
Black Hawk, and sixteen miles back home, so we may 
as well go ahead." 

There was sense in that, and I said nothing. For 
some time we drove along without talking. . We were 
traveling on a vast plain that had no visible bounda- 
ries save the near horizon. There was not a tree in 
sight, only one dull level of dry, dead herbage, varied 
here aud there by big white patches of alkali, such as 
you see in Nevada. There was no wind blowing, and 
the dust from the horses had coated us both, adding 
to the slight discomfort of no water. 

Presently we fell to talking about friends and Christ- 
mas, Wilson telling about various days of fun on the 
range and at the mines, and I talking about folks and 
things in the old country. Arthur was a good deal 
interested, for he had never been out of the colonies 
save for a trip down the Islands, aud he expected to 
take a long tour abroad next year if the rains came in 
time to save the sheep, which at that time was by no 
means a thing to bet any odds on. We had talked 
for quite a time, the horses behaving for them quite 
decently, when Wilson said in a puzzled sort of way: 

"Confound it, old man, I don't remember that 
stretch of rocks before." 

And he pointed to a big patch of ground over 
which large pieces of lava cap peeped out through 
the dust and dirt or lay around in confused piles. 

"Suppose I've been bearing too much west. By 
the way, which is west." 

I pointed. 

He shook his head. 

I said: 

"The moon rose in the south, don't you remember, 
just over our windmill, and she's now about a quarter 
round." 

He didn't remember and he said so. Then he 
changed his direction, heading, as I said, further 
west, and, as he said, further east. We had no compass 
and our knowledge of the stars was confused. Still 
he drove on, though I could tell by the play of 
his hands that he was uncertain about his direction. 

After a time he said: 

" Old man, I suppose I've lost my way." 

His voice was grave, and it made me shiver in spite 
of the heat, for once before I had been lost on the 
plains without water, and the experience had not 
been nice. 

The horses were glad to stop, and we argued till 
we were both tired of talk, which is not refreshing 
when your tongue is as dry as a chip. 

"The range is over there." 

" The range is over the other way." 

" I'll toss you," said Wilson, "and whoever wins 
has his way. This is too serious a thing to quarrel 
about." 

A coin was flipped, and I lost. Wilson gathered up 
the lines to drive on, when, in the direction in which 
I was straining my eyes trying to find some indication 
of the low hills for which we were heading, I saw a 
figure, or what looked like a figure, beckoning to me. 
I stopped Wilson and pointed out the figure. He 
laughed a bit nervously and said: 

"That's a moon mirage, or a cloud of dust." 

I do not know what influenced me to do as I did, 
but something that I could not control forced me to 
say: 

"That's my road, you can go where you please." 
"You don't mean that, surely? " 
" But I do." 

" Now, don't get cranky. I know this country and 
you don't. If I was not certain I was right do you 
suppose I'd drive my way." 

" But you lost the road, and said so." 

" Oh, that was just carelessness, and I know I did 
not go far out of the way. It's absurd to suppose that I 
could be lost twenty miles from the station." 

I was about to give in when the figure beckoned 
again and that settled it. 

"You won the toss. You drive, I'll walk." 

" You don't mean it ? " 

" On my word of honor." 

"Here, old fellow, drive your way; drive me to 
hell if you like. You shan't say I deserted a pal like 
that." 

It was Wilson talking. He was a man but the re- 
sponsibility was more than I would accept. 

"No, the walk is nothing. I can make it by sun 



up, and if anything happened for taking you my way 
1 could never look at a man again." 

There was some more talk, lots of it iu fact, and at 
last we shook hands and parted. When I started the 
beckoning figure vanished, and I saw it no more. 
All that night I walked till it grew dark and then I 
lay down, for the ground was full of holes or else was 
iu patches of alkali crust through which I sank up to 
my knees. 

Sleep did not come, and when the gray haze that 
does duty for dawn in Northern Australia settled on 
the laud, I was up. Soon the sun came and gave me 
my bearings. I was on the right way, but the hills I 
expected to see were nowhere in sight. How far I 
was from the Black Hawk I had no means of know- 
ing, but calculated that if the drive of the night be- 
fore had been half in the wroug direction there was 
not less than twenty-four miles of desert between my- 
self and water. 

At two and twenty, one has the pluck to fight 
dragons, and despair does not come. Seven hours 
walk at the best, would make it eleven o'clock before 
I reached water, and to walk twenty-four miles with- 
out water that time of the year was a task you could 
not get a black fellow to undertake if you offered him 
a corral full of cows and a barn full of women. In a 
decent climate on a hot day, with water at command, 
twenty-four miles in the sun is a bit that a good 
walker would gag at, but in Northern Australia with 
the thermometer certain to reach 130 degrees before 
noon, a million at the end of the road would not 
tempt the poorest " free selector " that ever made the 
life of a rich squatter a burden — aud a " free selector," 
though not a tramp is akin to one. But life is above 
millions. There was no time to fool away, and I 
started off at a brisk pace to make the road as short as 
possible before the hot came. By seven o'clock it 
was hot, by eight scorching, and by nine unendur- 
able. The prickly heat came out all over my body, 
my face was cracked till the blood that started to flow 
and had caked, cut, and tormented like a million 
wasps, the air was so hot that all the membrane of the 
throat was dry and the dust went into the lungs and 
choked me. Still I walked iu the eye of the sun and 
thought of the folks at home till the idea of snow and 
ice made me frantic, and I caught myself howling and 
screaming like an accursed hyena. 

There was no shade, not eveu a rock. The sun 
blistered my hands, tough as they were, and the 
prickly heat made me tear the flesh till the caking 
blood added to the agony. The face swelled till the 
eyes were almost closed, and theu staggering blindly 
on, I fell over a bank. 

The struggle was over. 

But wheu at last I struck the ground it seemed soft 
and did not hurt at all, though the fall was from a 
height. 

I reached out my hands and felt — mud. I had 
fallen into an old water hole which was so deep that 
it had kept moist at the bottom even through a season 
of drought. 

As soon as I could I stripped off my clothes, and 
wallowing to the mouth in that soft, cold mud, felt 
nearer heaven than I ever expect to be again. 

Bliss! ! ! 

Why, no human being knows what bliss is unless 
he has been through a similar experience. 

The moisture from the mud, thought it did not ap- 
pease the dreadful thirst, took all the pain from the 
burning skin, I lay there for a time trying to get 
courage to go ou with the dreadful journey when 
suddenly I heard the sound of hoofs. 

There was no mistaking it, the sound was the 
gallop of a horse, and a ridden horse at that, for a 
wild norse does not make much fuss when he puts his 
hoofs down on a hot day. 

My throat was as dry as the barrel of a brass cannon 
that has been fired a score of times, yet it was life or 
death, aud I managed to raise one " C-o-o-e-e-e," the 
uuiversal call for help in the Colonies. 

The answer came iu a second, and soon I heard: 

" Where are ve mate, sing out? " 

That's all. 

About Wilson ? Oh, yes. Poor old fellow. They 
found Wilson a week afterwards a dessicated mummy, 
lying under the buggy to which two horse mummies 
were attached. 

And the place where they found them was seventy 
miles away. What he must have suffered 110 man 
can describe. 

As for the figure that beckoned me you know as 
much about it as I do. 

All the things I have told happened. — T. T. 

Williams, in Oakland Tribune. 



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THE MUMMERS 

A SCHOOL FOR ACTORS. 

The American stage is growing very poor, 
and present mediocrity is wearing the laurel 
that past genius could scarcely aspire to. 
The To-day of the drama has not fulfilled the 
promise of Yesterday, and where we had 
looked for greatness we find insignificance, 
where we had expected stars we see glow- 
worms. In regretted procession have passed 
away within a short decade the noblest 
spirits that upheld the stage, and to their 
places have crept the weaklings and ground- 
lings, who grow large when the shadows of 
their masters fade. Booth has turned his 
face toward the undiscovered bourne across 
whose borders Barrett and Florence have 
passed, and with them those others who are 
but a name to us have left lovers of the drama 
a poor heritage indeed. 

It would not be fair; nor w ould it be wise, to 
say that dramatic talent is not as general 
to-day as it was when the great ones lived, 
nor would I rashly set down that there is no 
genius on the stage since they are gone. 
The histrionic ability is probably as great 
in this country now as it ever was, but the 
pertinent question is, " What is talent with- 
out development, and what is gejiius without 
opportunity?" One could easily point out 
that there are embryotic Bojths doing small 
parts in half the companies in the country; 
that an inglorious Florence is losing ambition 
in the humble round of a supernumerary's 
life in every troupe, and all that is wanted to 
bring them forth from the cocoon is oppor- 
tunity. Waiting for opportunity covers a 
multidude of failures, and is a pastime 
practiced only by those who would not know a 
Chance from a Kansas cyclone. 

What our stage lacks is a school, and that 
is what it needs. After that we will have a 
school of American playwrights. At present 
there is no mill from which American actors 
may be ground; the younger generation whom 
we call notable because there are none better 
to stand above them, have come to the front 
by force of native ability: it is crude, untrained, 
and is usually inartistic. The school that I 
mean is the .Stock Company, whence couieth 
the greater part of all that is good in dramatic 
art. Versatility dies in playing one part for 
a year, an 1 the stage manager is not always 
omniscient in his cast. 

The notable event of the near future will be 
the production of Gillette's latest comedy 
success,' " Mr. Wilkinson's Widows," at 
the Baldwin Theatre, Monday, January II, by 
Manager Charles Frohman's comedy organiza- 
tion. It has just closed a very profitable run 
of nearly 200 nights in New York. Mr. 
Gillette's comedy is said to be in many par- 
ticulars the best play of its kind that our stage 
has shown. Constructed on the basis of plot 
suggested by the coar?e cleverness of Alex 
andre Bisson's " Feu Toupinel" the new piece 
has been so altered, improved, and enlivened 
by the American author that the entire suc- 
cess of its production is due more to the 
ingenuity of Mr. Gillette's adaptation than to 
the humor of the original story. The action 
in the present instance turns upon the fact that 
th? late Mr. Wilkinson kept a double estab- 
lishment, and left two widows each of whom 
is in ignorance of the other's existance. The 
ladies get married again and by accident take 
adjoining apartments in London. The ulti- 
mate discovery of the deceased Wilkinson's 



perfidy is brought about by a series of highly 
diverting incidents, in which a meddling 
friend, a saucy servant girl, and a couple of 
portraits play prominent parts. Its success 
is dependent entirely upon the quickness of 
its action, the confusion of its contretemps 
and the liveliness of its performances. The 
cast includes Mr. Joseph Holland, Mrs. Georgie 
Drew Barrymore, Mr. Thomas H. Riley, Miss 
Emily Bancker, Mr. Thomas Burns, Mr. Harry 
Allen, Mr. John Thompson, Miss Mattie 
Ferguson. Miss Annie Wood, Miss Lillian 
Leach, and others. 

The announcement by the California 
Theatre for next week is an interesting one. 
Mr. Willard and the Palmer Company have 
been engaged to produce "Judah," which 
created a sensation in London some time ago. 
The play is by Henry Arthur Jones, author 
of "The Middleman" and "Saints and 
Sinners," and affords Mr. Willard an excellent 
opportunity for good work. He has the part 
of a young clergyman, who, to save the woman 
he loves from unmerited disgrace, tells a 
deliberate lie. The play is very strong in the 
other parts, and I can safely predict a success. 
I have not been informed that the manage- 
ment of the California Theatre purposes rais- 
ing the prices of admission, but I would 
earnestly advise Mr. Mann to keep them 
where they are. The success achieved by the 
Marie Wainwright Company at this house 
was due to the fact that no additional charge 
was made for the season of " As You Like 
It; " and Mr. Willard's third and fourth weeks 
in the city may not be as remunerative as his 
first and second. 

" The Millionaire" will hold the boards of 
the Bush Street Theatre next week, and the 
excellence of the company that gives expres- 
sions to the drolleries and humor of the farce 
insures a successful run. The play has been 
received with favor in the East, and crowded 
houses have greeted it everywhere. " U and 
I. " did a good business during the past two 
weeks. 



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PREMIUMS AND POLICIES. 

Underwriters generally are to be congratulated on 
the close of the current year; careful estimates place 
the total fire loss for 1891 at $138,700,000, or a daily 
average of $380/00. The mildness of losses on this 
Coast will help out, however — the average not exceed- 
ing 40 per cent of premiums, but how about increased 
expenses ? 

* * * 

Secretary W. H. C. Fowler, of the California, has 
ably and satisfactorily closed out the Atlantic Depart- 
ment of his company, and reached home Christinas 
morning in time for 'his turkey. He has had a suffi- 
ciency of the Eastern climate. 

* * * 

There seems to be an epidemic among native insur- 
ance companies. Fifty-tone American offices have 
already "turned toes up," reinsured and retired. 
Lately Cincinnati has had a run made upon its com- 
panies. The Enterprise, Farmers, Aurora, and 
Amazon are among the missing, and rumor has it that 
the Citizens (represented by Maun cV Wilson in this 
city) is also doomed, and now on the market for re-in- 
surance. The foreign compauies are the "gobblers," 
and these accretions will assist them materially in 
turning an "off year" into one of profit. 

* * * 

I wonder if our Coast underwriters know that over 
1000 dwellings are vacant in Tacotna, and that 
$So,ooo per month, or $960,000 per annum leaves 
Spokane to meet interest on loans made by outside 
associations to resident property owners? What a good 
thing after all the fire fieud is when the companies 
carrying the risks are solvent and cheerful paymasters. 
There is food for thought in this. 

* * * 

The Spring Garden of Philadelphia finally drops 
into the managerial lap of Mr. Cesar Bertheau. This 
addition gives the gentlemeu a tmartette of compa- 
nies with the New York underwriter's agency as a 
leader. He has the able assistance of the Siebe family. 

* * * 

Mr. Franz Jacoby will succeed the firm of Hirsch- 
feld & Jacoby, as the salaried Manager of the Prus- 
sian National Insurance Company of Stettin, for the 
Pacific Coast. Mr. Hirschfeld is so blessed with a 
sufficiency of this world's goods, that he is able to 
abandon the stormy and unreliable seas of under- 
writing for the more congenial pastime of collecting 
rents and clipping off coupons. His fellow under- 
writers regret to part company with him. Mr. 
Hirschfeld is a conservative businessman, and always 
on the right side of any proposition. Mr. Jacoby is 
an old hand at the bellows, and will doubtless keep 
the fire aglow with increased trade for the P. N. 

•js *ic *k 

The Armstrong tiio, with their shibboleth of 
selection, inspection, afaiif suspension, have winked out 
with glory and profit to Armstrong, and great satis- 
faction to underwriters geuerallyr In the language 
of street vernacular, P. B. A. is' a veritable under- 
writing "brick!" He upset all the theories, prac- 
tices, and calculations of underwriters from the 
Atlantic to the Pacific, and quietly closed out his 
companies to the Lancashire and coolly pockets, in 
addition to the immediate cash, realization of out- 
standing scrip, a nice, snug bonus, which " no fellah 
can find out ! " Then, gathering his friends about 
his banquet table at Delmonico's, he announces to 
them that he has, after seventeen years' work, 
amassed a lively competency, and proposes a trip to 
Ivurope. I am afraid his companies are not dead, 
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The annual statements of our local companies will 
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to have been an exceedingly bad one, I am prepared 
for diminished net surpluses all around. Any company 
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HIS DOLLAR AND DREAM. 



CANTO I. 

"One Beer.'" 

Ho, waiter ! A beer for me ; a beer and a Swiss 
cheese sandwich. 

Yes ; white bread, waiter; I care not for yourpum- 
pernickle. A sandwich and a beer, waiter, and make 
it Culmbacher— imported Culmbacher, mind you ; for 
this is Christmas Day. 

CANTO II. 

Culmbacher. 

We are blowing ourselves to-day, waiter; and oh, 
there is bliss in Culmbacher. On other days a nickel 
buys a drink, waiter; but now we can squander the 
merry dime in Culmbacher. I've a dollar, waiter, 
and eight dimes are left of it; so make it Culmbacher, 
my German friend — imported Culmbacher, mind 
you — for this is Christmas Day. 

Mess us, what poetry lies hidden in those seal- 
brown depths ; what dreams of sweetness and light, 
what golden Spanish castles are founded on that 
creamy foam. How nicely, too, and soothingly 
withal its full, fresh flavor commingles and assimilates 
itself with the Sckweitaer iosel Who says one cannot 
be happy on one hundred cents at Christmastide? He 
knows not of the happiness that men can find in 
beer. 

CANTO ill. 
A beer and a retrospect. 

Ho, waiter ! A beer for me ; a beer and a — no, just 
a beer, waiter. And make it a Culmbacher — imported 
Culmbacher, mind you — for this is Christmas Day. 

That's two beers, isn't it, waiter? Two beers and a 
sandwich ; that's thirty cents. Seventy cents remain, 
waiter; and what care we for the morrow? Bring 
some pretzels with the Culmbacher — the imported, 
creamv Culmbacher, waiter — for this is Christmas 
Day. 

Ah, what dreams of dear, dead days you bring with 
you, my Culmbacher ! Oh for the laughing eyes that 
looked across the goblet, and the rosy lips that 
quaffed you in that Yuletide of long ago ! 

And the poetry that bubbles from your amber 
depths, and the blessed sleepiness that follow in your 
footsteps. 

But such things are but memories now — all except 
the sleepiness, my Culmbacher. Yet we love to 
hug a pain, and to nurse the reveries that gnaw at 
us. So bring them back again— all of them — before 
you hide the past in sleepiness. Bring them all, and — 
What? empty again ! 

CANTO IV. 

Another Beer. 
Ho, waiter ! Auother beer. A fresh and foaming 
beer, and — 

Come back here ! 

Make it Culmbacher — imported Culmbacher, mind 
you — for this is Christmas Day. 

You're not a Bohemian, waiter, are you? You 
don't remember that pretty rhyme of Couant's — that 
tribu'e to the buried past and Culmbacher? 
Bohemia is gav to-night, 
Waiter, Ho! 

A medium Henry Clay for me ; 

A creamy Culm, the same as she 

Drank, and a light ! 

When I am gone who will there be 

To drink the Culm, remembering me? 

When mine in yesterday's sorrow, 

When others find to-morrow 

Their sad to-day. 
What's that, waiter? You're not a Bohemian, but 
a Bavarian ? No matter, my friend. That's not your 
fault. Of course you're not a Bohemian ; but you're 
Dutch all the same, waiter ; yes, Dutch — God help 
you ! Dutch ! 

Stay again; perhaps I err in pitying you: for, 
though there be no music in your soul, you have yet 
a noble appetite for beer ; and all men cannot have 
all virtue. Therefore, albeit we come from alien 
lands, let there be peace between us ; let us shake and 
smile together, for this is Christmas Day. 



A Dream of Syllabub. 

Ho, waiter ! Another beer for me. I've half a dol- 
lar left, waiter — five dimes in all. So make it Culm- 
bacher — imported Culmbacher, mind you— for this is 
Christmas Day. 

Bless us, how bright the gaslight gleams audgayly! 
And what a halo sits on every glass. 

What flavor is it that this my latest beer recalls to 
me ; what taste of other times ? Eh ? No ? Yes ? 
It's syllabub ! 

Know you what syllabub maybe.oh waiter ? What, 
no ? 

Ah, I forgot ; you're Dutch. 

But it's syllabub all the same — the yellow syllabub 



with its froth and foam. I can see it simmering now, 
I can smell it in the flake-like drifts that topple down 
the brim of the goblet. Aye, and the green fields, 
waiter, and the clang of the pails, and the song of the 
maids as they trip through the grass to the milking. 

There was no beer in those days, waiter ; but that 
syllabub was passing sweet. Why, it seems but yes- 
terday we drank it in the sunshine there. One can 
almost recall the smell of the cowslip wine and the 
cognac, choice and old, that they mixed therewith, 
ere the rosy-cheeked milkmaid, with the ribbons in 
her hair, went and poured in upon it the creamy milk 
from the dun cow. 

Yes, waiter, those syllabub days were halcyon ones. 
They were full of sunshine, and they rang with the 
singing of song-birds. But that was all in the lost 
summer time, and this is the winter of the year. 
The syllabub is only a memory, evanescent as the 
foam upon the beer. 

I ; oam, did I say? Why, there's nothing left at all! 

CANTO VI. 
Eyes that were Blue. 
Ho, waiter ! Another beer. 

Why do you tarry, waiter? This glass has long 
been empty. What ! Have I been dozing ? No mat- 
ter, waiter. Another beer, and hurry with it. And 
say, there ! Make it Culmbacher — imported Culm- 
bacher, mind you — for this is Christmas Day ! 

Dear me ! how soft and kind it looks. No wonder 
that she liked it. And she did like it, too, and hank- 
ered for it ; though it was not that she knew good 
Culm from any other brewing. 

No ; she just knew that it was more costly than the 
others, and therefore guessed that it was best. She 
loved the best what came the highest, the extrava- 
gant darling. She never knew the value of a dime, 
never learned it ; and now I've thirty cents. 

Heigho, how charmingly she would smile across 
the table, how naively sip the beer. 

She had blue eyes, waiter, and golden hair that 
shone like clouds at sunset, and — 

No ! man, no ! She was not Dutch ! 

Her blue eyes were grayer than those of the lasses 
in your fatherland, and her curls of a yellower gold. 
Then she had the black lashes and eyebrows of the 
Celt, and not the blonde fringes of the Saxon ; and 
her laughter was like running water, and her glances 

cut to the heart, and But she's gone, waiter ; 

she's gone. But she wasn't- Dutch ! 

CANTO VII. 
Her Health. 
Ho, waiter ! Another beer ! 

Tell me, is it getting late, and is the Christmas over, 
for assuredly my head begins to weigh upon my neck 
and bend it down most wearily. No ? Only eleven ? 
Well, another beer, waiter ; another beer, and make 
it Culmbacher, will you ? — imported Culmbacher, 
mind you — for this is Christmas Day ! 

And say, waiter ! Come back here. Make it two 
beers, this time, two imported ones — imported Culm- 
bacher, you know — for this is 

Say, waiter! Come back here again, will you? 
Have one with me ; I've thirty cents. Make it three 
beers this time, three imported — imported Culm- 
bacher, mind you — for this is Christmas Day. 

Why do I want three, you ask ! 

What ! Cau you not see her ? 

Can't you see those blue eyes laughing ? Can't you 
catch the glint of the gaslight as it shines on that 
golden hair ? 

You're Dutch, waiter; but why forget the poet of 
your native land ? And why have you not read 
Uhland ? 

Take, O boatman, thrice thy fee — 

Take, I give it willingly ; 

For, invisible to thee, 

Spirits twain have crossed with me. 
Don't you recall the lines? No? Well, anyhow 
there are not spirits twain with me to-day. There's 
only one, and her blue eyes are laughing, waiter, 
and — 

Oh, bring three foaming beers. 
So! 

Now let us drink, my German friend ; let us drink 
to her and Christmas. 

She's laughing just as she was a year ago. She 
stands, she joins us, waiter. 

Lift up your glass and clink it. Let her's rest there 
below. 

She always loved Culmbacher, waiter. 
Her health in it to-night. 
Clink ! 
Clink again ! 

Here's to her blue eyes and golden curls ! Here's 
to the bygone Christmas ! 

CANTO VIII. 
The last Culmbacher. 
She's gone. So is the Culmbacher. 
Well, well, that dollar lasted nobly. 
If only there were no requirement for dollars, and 



all the rivers flowed with beer ! If only every day 
were Christmas, and there were no memories of the 
past ! 

Can I get another beer — just one more glass of 
Culmbacher? 
Eh ! What's this? 
Why, she forgot to drink it ! 

It's flat a bit, and stale perhaps, and yet what mat- 
ters it? 

Its Culmbacher — imported Culmbacher, mind you — 
and this is Christmas day ! — Edward A. A/orphy, in 

Oakland Tribune. 

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FRESNO HAPPENINGS. 



Fresno, December 2Sth. Dear Wave:— Society 
wondered and hoped "in a sneakingly elated man- 
ner," if aught had befallen its bete noire that its 
appearance was not forth-coming as usual Saturday 
evening. No such luck, my dears; I am, like the 
poor, always with you, and my absence last week was 
caused by three Christmas dinners iu as many days. 
It was too soon after Xmas to afford expensive dys- 
pepsia cures, so I hied me to my virtuous couch, 
where the three Xmas turkeys and' Imp had it out in 
the seclusion of my dainty boudoir. Needless to say 
I came out victorious and am up bright and smiling 
this morning to chronicle the doings of our 400. 
Before I begin on the WO I'll indulge iu a wee bit of 
outside gossip. I hear the G — 's have discovered real 
truth in the maxim, " Distance lends enchant- 
ment," so they have again put several hundred miles 
between themselves, and nothing short of another 
bluff at the divorce courts will dispel the enchanted 
silence. I have another "estrangement case" (nice, 
refined way of putting it, isn't it?) on my books and 
am fairly blue that Jack forbids my giving it to your 
willing ears; he says " Society is pouting its aristo- 
cratic lips at me because I gave the sacred enthusiasts 
of Jack pots and flushes a rub the wrong way a week 
or two ago." These dainty matrons and dignified 
Society men take not kindly to censure from Imp. 
They should remember that the very best of us could 
never stand upon the same pedestal with Caesar's 
wife. "Nop," as Will says, "we ain't none of us above 
suspicion, you bet." But rest easy, ye of Society's 
creme, Imp thinks too much of her tribe to expose 
any of its failings to the eyes of the common five 
hundred and more. Don't you know, Wave dear, 1 
have to smile very broadly at times over some of 
these sweet creatures iu Society, one or two in partic- 
ular. They will tilt their dainty noses and express 
their disgust at newspaper notoriety, Society writers, 
etc., yet they seek introductions to a man whom they 
think writes for some Society journal. They reserve 
their sweetest smiles and attentions for any one in 
connection with such a paper. Doesn't that give one 
food for thought ? Well, rather. That's beating his 
Satanic majesty at his own game. 

Well, well, I've completely forgotten "Merry 
Christmas ! " How awully good Santa Claus was to 
us girls, wasn't he ? Yes, I received some perfectly 
elegant presents, so did Fannie, Nancy, Lizzie, and 
Corrine. Lee assured me his regret in failing to get 
•my present to me in time was only equalled by the 
satisfaction he derived from my radiant countenance 
when I finally did gaze upon it; Oh ! it's just as lovely 
as it can be, and I'm dying to tell and can't, iu fact 
I'm in the same boat with that sweet, brown-eyed 
miss who blushes every time any one asks her about 
Santa Claus. She received a pair of elegant hose 
supporters and doesn't dare tell the donor's name — 
so much for that bashful blonde young man who told 
me to select his sister's present, which I did, and 
" sister' s present" now adorns another fellow's sister. 
Some time in the future I may give the names, but I 
feel too tender-hearted just at present. 

We have beeu rather quiet socially during the holi- 
days, but things look brighter for the future. Mon- 
day evening we have the "Millionaire" with us, 
Tuesday evening the '89-'9o Club party, Thursday 
evening Mrs. Crank's party at the Hughes, to which 
the '89-90's are invited in a body. One or two of our 
fair matrons are talking of receptions or a card party, 
and the Club talks of a full-dress ball at Armory 
Hall the second week in January. I sincerely hope 
they'll all take place soon, as we are satisfied with the 
long rest from social duties. Yours, Imp. 



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Where did the Alameda Argus get its informa- 
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West combined, and this must be true as a majority 
of the journalists in the West endeavor to exist iu the 
big city.'' 

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OAKLAND GOSSIP. 

Dear Wave : — Not only will I be sitting alone by 
the fne ou the last evening of '91, but Alice Grimes, 
Mamie Griffiu, Nellie Chabot, Floy Brown, the Whit- 
neys, the Kuowles, Hutehinsons, Watts, Bessie Whea- 
ton, Emma Farrier, May Tubbs, and. dozens of other 
sweet belles are doing likewise; and why? All 
because our boys are too selfish and egotistical to 
ever remember that we are in existence. A few weeks 
ago it dawned upon some of our noble Athenians that 
the year was rapidly drawing to a close, and that they 
must celebrate its exit with a "chirps" for "the 
boys," hence our anticipated loneliness at the very 
time we should be dancing out the old and in the 
new. While we sit lamenting our desolate fate, and 
making up our minds to take advantage of leap year, 
and make the lives of "the boys" as miserable as 
possible, Ned Hamilton will be acting as " Archon " 
at the club. Ned's address will doubtless be finer, 
from a literary standpoint, than one he delivered ou 
another New Year's Five, a long time ago, at the same 
place, when he brought tears to the eyes of the most 
hardened ones present ; but Tom says that nothing 
can ever equal that little piece in pathos. It was 
something about the clock striking the hours, one 
after another, and the wife home alone. Nothing 
could be more apropo 1 in this case. Just hope that he 
will say something to make them wretched, and 
remind them of their neglected spouses, sweethearts, 
and mothers-in-law. Ned is a dear old fellow, and 
has been a great favorite for years, and has more than 
an ordinary amount of literary ability. 

No better selection than Cleve Dam as manager of 
the evening could have been made. He is magnetic, 
sympathetic, always affable and successful with the 
ladies who have the good fortune to be acquainted 
with his majesty. It seems most unfortunate (to us 
girls) that Dr. Woolsey, Dr. Duune, Myron Whiddon, 
Senator Moffit, Billy Foote, and Emil Nusbaumer ate 
spoiling Cleve Dam, Harry Melvin, and Tom for 
home-life. Just give a young fellow talent, in one 
way or another, and make him a member of a club, 
if you want to completely unfit him for Society and 
matrimony. Harry Melvin has* charge of the music, 
and, with his fine voice, it is sure to be a success. 

Ikar. did you read Harry's Xiuas story? It really 
was exceedingly original, but I almost fell off my 
chair when the hero was introduced as a " big man,'' 
with a " glor ous barytone voice. " He reminded me 
so much of Harry ; but he says that the story was 
taken from life, and Harry isn't married as yet 
(Dame Rumor has him engaged), »> the similarity 
must have been in my own imagination. Perhaps 
Harry wasn't thinking of himself at all when he 
wrote the story. 

Our Eighth Street belle is sad over the depanure 
of Duke Bertie Brayton for Hasten! climes Her 
mamma had hoped to have Bertie for a sou-in law. 
By the way, Tom and I went to Sixteenth Street to 
see him off last Saturday evening, and he wasn't quite 
responsible for all the sweet nothings he uttered. 

A certain lady 1 the mother of a son and daughter) 
is not seen so often in the company of a certain Eighth 
Street capitalist. Why is it? Can it be that his 
exchequer is so reduced that she no longer appre- 
ciates him ? Tom says that it pains him to see the 
picture called "Morning," on exhibition at one of 
the gilded palaces that are so attractive to our young 
men. You remember the painting, dear? It, at one 
time, belonged to Dr. Handy, Dr. Woolsey says that, 
had he been the fortunate possessor of a home it 
would have adorned no other walls than his. 

I've just grown weary of hearing Gus McDonald, 
Ed Vingent, and Sim Bell McK.ee tell about the 
dolls they dressed for the Tribune's poor, just as if 
every one didn't know that they couldn't put all 
those stitches in the dainty little articles of wearing 
apparel that the dollies wore. To tell the absolute 

truth, dear Wave, Alice G , Nellie C , and 

F'rou-F'rou dressed those dolls and the boys have had all 
the glory, but, never mind, it was for a worthy cause, 
which reminds me that the gilts sent to the poor this 
year were not given by our heiresses or millionaires. 
The only butterflies who took the trouble to contrib- 
ute were Ploy Brown, Mamie Griffen, the McNears, 
and Frou-Frou, while many of the others who gave 
were those to whom luxury is unknown. 

It is about time we were receiving cards to Mamie 
Grifien's promised party. Am afraid that she has 
come to the conclusion that entertaining in Oakland 
is a thankless affair, and, indeed, she is not to be 
blamed, after the way some of our most estimable 
ladies treated her in her own house, at the " World's 
Fair." It is just a year since Mrs. W. Letts Oliver 
gave her glorious reception, which was so severely 
criticised, and it was loo nieau for anything, as we 
have never been invited into her house since. 

Fkou-Frou. 



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"THE WAVE'S" PORTRAIT ALBUM. 

The theatrical triumvirate is a strong combination 
of managerial abilty and money. That Al. Hayuian, 
the president of the new corporation has to thank 
auyone but himself for his success, I do not believe. 
He possesses a set of faculties that find fitting scope 
in this line of enterprise. In a few years, but after a 
wearisome apprenticeship, he has amassed a large 
fortune. His brother, Harry Maun, the clever 
manager of the California Theatre, is the second 
stockholder in the enterprise. He is a graduate of 
journalism. Of Al. Bouvier, secretary of the syndi- 
cate, it is not necessary to say anything. Being con- 
siderable of an orator, he speaks for himself. The 
best testimony of his ability is the management of 
the Baldwin, for which he is responsible. 



SPLASHES. 

A WET WEEK ix Towx made the summer- 
like climate at Del Monte a pleasant change 
to the people who had suffered the ills 
that follow in the train of muggy weather. 
New Year's Eve was bright and clear, 
and so balmy was the air that many of 
the guests were only restrained from going 
in swimming because of the surf. The 
crowd was not as large as I have seen it 
at this season, when sickness prevented many 
families from spending the day at their favorite 
resort. Not a few were of the opinion that the 
storms that had swept San Francisco must 
have traveled as far as Del Monte, and they 
could not be convinced that the sun would 
ever rise there again. The change from the 
rain and mud of the city to the clear skies 
and balmy air of Del Monte was remarkable; 
and did those who went thither a world of 
good. 

jjS * * 

The 400 alone was in evidence; there were, 
of course, individual cases of the Cuts, from 



San Francisco, January 9, 1892 

the second to the neck, but whatever of a 
crowd there was, was composed entirely of 
the first set. Consequently', there was not 
much fun. An effort was made to hold the 
regular hop, but the dancers were few, and the 
evening would have been a failure had not 
Mr. Schonewald prepared a supper that was 
unique in the length of the menu and the 
choiceness of the viands. It was a complete 
success, and I was surprised to see so many 
who were utterly unable to dance give every 
evidence of their appreciation of the hotel 
management's generosity at table. The 
younger men to whom Terpsichore is a bore, 
are all earnest disciples of Epicurus. It 
seemed as if no one put forth any effort to 
nave what has been called in the past a "good 
time; " a few balls were rolled in the bowling 
alley; in a lazy way, pool and billiards were 
patronized; the majority of the people con- 
tented themselves with listening to the music. 

* * * 

Brides and grooms of the present and future 
were quite plentiful, and probably that had 
much to do with what was a somewhat slow 
time. Of the girls who were first in the 
dance in the past, Miss Taylor and Miss Pope 
were the only representatives, and they had 
other engagements. Miss Blair, Mrs. Tubbs, 
Miss Simpkins, Mrs. Tallant, Mrs. Webster 
Jones, Mrs. Brigham, and other maids and 
matrons were down for a rest. On New 
Year's Day the guests sat by the fire or 
listened to the string band in the parlor, 
glancing up now and again to watch the 
strangers mount their vehicles for a drive. 
While the paths in the beautiful grounds were 
as dry as ewr, and led through stretches of 
flower-beds and lawns, they were almost 
deserted. 

* * * 

The improvements that I have spoken of 
before are progressing rapidly at the hotel. 
The electric lights will shortly illumine 
the reading-room, the office, the ladies' 
billiard-room, the ballroom, and other cen- 
tral resorts. The bath house is being 
thoroughly refitted; new boilers have been 
added; porcelain tubs are in place, and when 
the season opens this feature will be unrivaled 
by any hotel in the world. 

I was disappointed but not surprised at the 
slender audience gathered to witness the 
football match last Saturday. It was an 
important contest far more interesting and 
exciting titan the charily baseball games, 
yet there were but a few hundred spectators. 
Had proper management prevailed, the attend- 
ance of a large crowd could easily have been 
secured. The fact is, but few people knew 
there was a match on the tapis. No effort at 



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advertising was made, no one took the trouble 
of doing any press work. The arrival of the 
Eos Angeles men could easily have been given 
the character of a sensation. Again, no notice 
of the postponement on New Year's day was 
posted in any public quarter. I went to 
Central Park and there found a pencil memo- 
randum stating that the great game would 
commence on the morrow. 

* * * 

However, it was an interesting contest, 
however one-sided. The Olympic team 
played very good ball considering how little 
its members have practiced together. It is 
not a game that in any way compares with 
that of the Eastern Universities. The San 
Francisco men made but little use of their 
rush line which was far more powerful than 
that of the Eos Angelans. The tactics em- 
ployed, while effective enough in so far as 
winning was concerned, were not the kind 
that would prevail against a trained team. 
Of the players, Tobin, Ricketts, and Harrison 
did excellent work. The latter's run was 
quite clever. Of the Eos Angelans the full- 
back and the quarter-back best distinguished 
themselves. 

It cannot be said the match added any 
attractiveness to the appearance of the team. 
Tobin's face still bears marks of the conflict. 
Harrison carries his arm in a sling, and Rick- 
etts, whose ankle was sprained, is at work 
endeavoring to recover. I should advise the 
San Francisco team to assume its old name. 
The Olympic Club did little for the game last 
Saturday and far more significance can be 
given the work of an independent organiza- 
tion than can attach to the offshoot of a big 
athletic institution. Someone should be given 
the work of management, and if this is prop- 
erly done, it will be possible to record any 
lack of public interest. It is undoubtedly a 
fact that next to a prizefight, the most excit- 
ing spectacle in the world is a fierce football 
match. 

* * * 

TiiKKic WERE FESTIVITIES all over town on 
New Year's Eve. The occasion was cele- 
brated with all the honors customary. At 
every shrine libations were poured out in 
honor of the incoming 'Ninety-two, and there 
was more than a reasonable quota contributed 
by Jupiter Pluvius. However, to dampen the 
holiday enthusiasm of an ordinary San Fran- 
ciscan, a full-fledged deluge would be inade- 
quate, and it is safe to say that whoever 
wanted to, had all the fun he desired — per- 
haps more. A cardinal tenet in the doctrine 
of the majority of us is that the sole respectful 
methods of doing honor, to certain occasions 



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is to "load up." If other sections of the 
creed were lived up to but half so sedulously, 
it would, indeed, be a holy world. 

* * * 

A small gathering of Mrs. Will Crocker's 
friends saw the New Year in at her resi- 
dence on California Street. There was some 
dancing, and some music, vocal and instiu- 
mental, and a delicious supper. Miss Mc- 
Nutt had a small party at her home. A very 
pleasant dinner was given by Miss Mamie 
Scott to about a dozen of her friends who 
welcomed the birth of the New Year under 
very agreeable auspices. 

Social experts pronounce the New Year's 
ball the most successful ever given by the 
Concordia Club. I have not heard a single 
criticism. To speak of the affair is to precip- 
itatt a torrent of compliments. From the 
grand march to the final extra every thing 
was admirable. There were plenty of men to 
go round, a few over in fact, and that did not 
detract from the enjoyment of the feminine 
element, whose pleasure is the chief object of 
consideration. The ball opened with an old- 
time grand march in which every one took 
part, the picturesque features of which were 
accentuated by means of calcium lights in 
different colors. 

* * * 

Then followed dancing until supper, the 
cards warning the participants to make no 
further engagements, but to await develop- 
ments. After midnight the old order of 
affairs was changed and a veritable Leap Year 
ball inaugurated. New programmes were fur- 
nished containing positive instructions in 
regard to the conduct of the gentlemen, and 
then the ladies took charge. Mrs. Joseph 
Rotschild was floor manager, and with her 
corps of assistants — Mrs. Sinsheimer, Mrs. J. 
H. Neustadter, Miss May Slessinger, Miss 
Eliza Emanuel, Miss Rosa Fisher and Miss 
Wangenheim, kept the dances going. The 
novelty proved most amusing. Full advan- 
tage of their privilege was taken by the 
girls. Every one entered thoroughly into the 
spirit of the affair; there was as much reluc- 
tance on the part of the men to be considered 
wallflowers, as the least fascinating of maidens 
evinces under circumstances the most 
unfavorable. 

* * * 

Some elaborate toilettes were displayed — 
one is always sure to see the latest triumphs 
of the costume art at a Concordia ball. It 
seems to be the general impression that the 
belle was Miss Julia Newman, who, in a very 
plain toilette of pink, appeared even more 
charming than usual. There are always so 
many other very pretty girls at these affairs 
that mentioning their names takes more 
space than I care to give. The supper, which 
was one of the bast the club has had. was 
served by the Afaison Dote. 

* * * 

At the San Francisco Yerein the attend- 
ance was much smaller than at the Con- 



cordia, though the members and their friends 
seem to have had a very enjoyable time. 
There were, at least, two men to every girl. 
The ballroom was most artistically decorated 
and the supper was something to remember. 

The New Year's Eve hop at the Pleasauton 
was quite an event. A large number of 
invitations were sent out, and the majority of 
those asked came. The entire first floor was 
placed at the service of the guests, who, if all 
did not, all should have enjoyed themselves. 
The big dining-room nude a spacious ball- 
room, but so great was the crowd that steer- 
ing became a difficult matter. However, a 
small orchestra in the parlor, the floor of 
which was canvased, tended to relieve the 
crush. There were a number of very pretty 
girls present, and they displayed some hand- 
some as well as some startling costumes. 
* * * 

To describe some of them would require 
more technical skill than I hope ever to pos- 
sess, and it is quite questionable whether any 
verbal dexterity could suggest the audacity of 
a few of the color combinations. One in par- 
ticular might have been described as the cul- 
mination of gory gau iitiess, but that conveys 
no idea of its arrangem »nt. Among the pret- 
tiest girls present were: Miss Marie Taylor, 
who wore an exceedingly handsome gown of 
blue silk; Miss Emerson, a pretty blonde, 
slender, and graceful; the Misses Gashweiler, 
who wore very attractivecostumes; Miss Laura 
McDonald; Miss Maude Badlam, in a par- 
ticularly becoming toilette, and Miss Jim 
Hayes. There were several other fine-look- 
ing girls whose names I cannot .recall. 
Among the married ladies, Mrs. J. B. Matoon 
and Mrs. Frank Powers appeared to advan- 
tage. 

* * * 

It would afford me some satisfaction to have 
revealed to me the identity of a certain young 
man who displayed a dress suit with novel 
features. The vest was white with large 
black buttons and was bisected by a very 
broad, black silk watch band. Black studs 
adorned his shirt bosom — at least half of 
which was concealed by a chef divuvre in 
elaborately embroidered black silk handker- 
chiefs. Another gentleman displayed an 
achievement in frilled shirt fronts which 
kindled the silent admiration of whoever 
gazed at it. I should like to know, too, who 
was guilty of the programmes. Not only 
records of dance engagements they were, also 
compendiums of poe'ic extracts from Shakes- 
peare, Milton, Byron, and others. There is 
no doubt that this kind of arrangement 
is conducive to conversation, but I doubt if it 
is good form. 

* * * 

In a recent issue, a reference to Arpad 
Haraszthy crept into " Splashes," which is 
sincerely regretted. Anything in the para- 
graph that either directly or indirectly 
reflected on the gentlemen was without 



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foundation in fact, and I take this opportun- 
ity of correcting any false impression that 
may have resulted from the item. 

* * * 

The wedding of Miss Louise Catherwood 
and EarnesJ: La Montague is to be celebrated 
by Archbishop Riordan at St. Mary's Cathe- 
dral at noon of Februarv 4th. During the 
nuptial mass, which follows the ceremony, 
a special musical service will be rendered by 
the choir. Albert La Montague will be 
groomsman and Miss Marie La Montague, 
maid of honor. The wedding breakfast is to be 
given at Mrs. Cather wood's residence, on the 
corner of Franklin Street and Pacific Avenue, 
and will be followed by a reception, for which 
a limited number of invitations are to be sent 
out. 

* * * 

Mr. La Montagne, his brother and sister, 
and several friends will arrive here in a special 
car about the latter end of January, and will 
devote the days prior to the wedding to sight 
seeing. The prospective groom is a well- 
known New Yorker, a member of the Union, 
Raccquet, and other swell clubs. He is a 
widower, quite wealthy, and said to be very 
good-looking. His brother, Albert La Mon- 
tagne, is one of the best amateur actors in 
New York. 

* * * 

• Invitations are out for the marriage of 
Miss Georgia Schweitzer and Sol Ehrman, 
which will take place on the evening of Janu- 
ary 19th at the Schweitzer residence, corner of 
Leavenworth and Post Streets. On the pre- 
ceding evening Miss Hilda Slessiuger and 
Maurice O. Rothchild will be married at the 
California Hotel. On the following day they 
leave for a bridal trip to Honolulu. 
. . * * * 

Surprise parties seem to have quite gone 
out of vogue, though there are revivals at odd 
intervals. A party of Mrs. Ansley Davis' friends 
arranged a surprise party as a means of cele- 
brating the seventeenth anniversary of her 
wedding. On Wednesday evening last they 
presented themselves at her residence, 1605 
Scott Street, and, after explaining the object 
0/ their coming, proceeded to pass a very 
agreeable evening. Frank Brown, tlie hyp- 
notist, contributed materially to the enter- 
tainment by performing some surprising 
experiments. 

* * * 

The|Leap Year ball took place last night, 
but too late for me to more than allude to it. 
Extended notice I shall reserve for next 
week. It was quite as great a success as 
everyone expected, and will certainly go down 
on the social annals of San Francisco, as the 
"widest" affair ever given here. The hall, 
covered with snowy canvas, and decorated in 
pink, blue, and white, set off with *the tender 
green of ferns and smilax, and the darker 
tones of palms and ivy, presented an enchant- 
ing appearance. The corridors, canvased and 
hung with portieres and adorned with palms, 
made most agreeable promenades. The stage 



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and ante-rooms were transformed into veri- 
table bowers. 

Miss Hagerled, alone and under her direc- 
tion five simple but very pretty figures were 
dextrously executed. It was far the largest 
german of the season, there being eighty 
couples on the floor. The leading set was 
composed as follows: 

Miss Bessie Hooker, Milton Latham; Miss May- 
nard, G. Vernon Gray; Miss Wallace, R. C. Parsons, 
Jr.; Miss Carolan, A. B. Williams; Miss McNutt, 
Lieutenant Carlin; Miss Voorhies, E. H. Sheldon; 
Miss Shreve, E. N. Bee; Miss Hope Ellis, A. H. 
Small; Miss Lulu Finlay, E. A. Mi/.ner; Miss Pope > 
W. T. Newhall; Miss Alice Simpkins, C. C. Thorn- 
Miss Millie Ashe, Eliot McAllister; Miss Holbrook, 
F. D. Madison; Miss Hobart, E. M. Greenway. 

* * * 

The supper, by Ludwig, was more elaborate 
than usual, and after it dancing was kept up 
until past two o'clock. Brandt's orchestra, 
located in the gallery, played a variety of 
delightful selections, including several new 
waltzes, 

* * * 

The Presidio, the headquarters of the 
gallant Fifth Artillery, which has been lately 
spoiling for a fight with Chile, had its Assembly 
Hall on New Year's night, filled with fair 
women and shoulder-strapped men. It was 
a Leap Year hop, and the wallflowers of former 
hops had a glorious time. Married officers 
adorned the walls and were left severely alone 
while the eligibles were constantly on their 
feet, and danced into matrimony. Lieutenant 
Winston received the lion's share of attention, 
for he was repeatedly honored by one fair 
debutante; on dit he ungallantly went on the 
sick report next day. Lieutenant Brown, of 
the Artillery was draped in semi-feminine 
attire, festooned with garlands of roses, and 
the handsome Quartermaster Adams was 
adorned with ribbons and laces. Among the 
garrison (all were of the Presidio except Miss 
Ames, of San Francisco) ladies present were 
the following charming buds: Miss Thompson, 
the Misses Chew, Miss Bruchman, the Mioses 
Grahams, Miss Lomia, the Misses Kenzie, 
Miss Morris, and Miss Andrews, daughter of 
a former commanding officer of the Presidio. 
The fun and frolic was actively sustained 
until 12:30, when refreshments re enforced 
the revelers. 

* * * 

The engagement between Jerome Watson 
and Miss Lena Merry has been broken off. 
The reason given is that the relations of 
the pair partook more to the nature of warm 
friendship than love, and Miss Merry took 
the sensible view of the situation that it was 
better to be mistaken now than later on. I 
I believe Mr. Watson has gone South. 

* * * 

A ceremony that added much to the pleas- 
ure of the people at Del Monte, was the 
christening of Mr. and Mrs. Tallant's son. 
A number of friends gathered in the Mon- 



terey Mission, which was decorate! with 
evergreens, holly berries, and streamers of 
bright colors. The font has been in service 
for years, and the water, which, I am in- 
formed, did not come from the Jordan, has 
been quite efficacious, and in this instance it 
is hoped that the youth will bear the name of 
Austin for many happy years. 

* * * 

Angel Island was very gay on New Year's 
Day. The officers of the Post, in full dress, 
called, in a body, on the ladies who received 
them most hospitably. In the evening there 
was a hop, music being furnished by the 
excellent string band of the First Infantry. 
Among those present were: Mrs. Holly, in 
a charming gown of black silk; Mrs. Barry, in 
a becoming costume of white tulle; Mrs. 
Hall, in an exquisite combination of brown 
silk and velvet trimmed with silver. After a 
very delightful evening, the party adjourned 
to Mrs. Holly's home, where supper was 
served. After that there was music and sing- 
ing — the pleasant affair not breaking up until 
an early hour. 

* ♦ 'Sf! 

Colonel and Mrs. Marceau, having returned 
from their visit to Honolulu are preparing for 
a further flight — Eastward this time. Colonel 
Marceau has long had in contemplation a trip 
around the world, and iu February or March 
will probably leave for Europe. There is 
some prospect that they will make Paris their 
headquarters, spending several months of each 
year in California. 

* * * 

A great deal of fun has been had by the girls 
over the Leap Year German. It has become 
quite customary to give invitations right and 
left, and some men are in the interesting pre- 
dicament of having promised to dance with two 
damsels. However, misunderstandings of 
this character are easily enough straightened 
out. One story going the rounds tells of a 
pretty girl, living on the- crest of California 
Street, who asked rather a good-looking 
youth in the iron business to dance with her. 
The invitation was given by telephone, and 
the dialogue ran thus: 

* * * 

"Hallo! Is that Mr. Herbert Carolan?" 
" Yes; who is speaking? " 
" Never mind, will you dance the Leap 
Year Cotillion with me? " 
" Who are you ? " 

" Never mind my name; are you engaged 
for it ? " 

"No, but—" 

" No buts allowed. Will you ? " 
Mr. Carolan here had a happy thought. 
" What would you do if you were in my 
place ? " he asked. 

"Accept," came the answer promptly. 
" I accept then. " 

Next day Mr. Carolan, who was inwardly 

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trembling, received a note revealing the 
identity of his partner, who is Miss Beth 
Sperry, one of the most charming girls in 
Society. 

Hf, % % 

Among the social affairs in Gotham in the 
holiday week few were as enjoyable as the 
reception given the 400 by " The Southern 
Society of New York." The splendid club 
house of this popular organization was artis- 
tically decorated with exotics, Christmas 
berries, and blossoms from the cotton planta- 
tions of old Virginia. A band of thirty 
pieces played negro melodies, and Southern 
hospitality was evidenced in a hundred ways. 
Among the Californiennes present were Mrs. 
Alexander McKiustry, Miss Inez Williams, 
Mrs. Prentice T. Gibbs, Miss Ileen Ivers, 
and Mrs. Florence C Kenney. 

* * * 

I intended last week to compliment Mr. 
Hearst, Mr. Henderson, and Mr. Chamber- 
lain on the Christinas Examiner. It was a 
delightful paper, thoroughly enjoyable from a 
literary as well as an artistic point of view. 
The stories were clever, the articles exceed- 
ingly interesting and apropos. In fact the 
issue was full of bright ideas and was, what 
forty page editions rarely are, eminently 
readable. Willis Polk's World's Fair draw- 
ings and designs were an interesting feature 
and Morphy's Comstock sketches, if lacking 
veracity, were prettily written. The Chron- 
icle's New Year edition was as usual an 
important review of the past twelve months. 
It was full of valuable statistical matter and 
gives an excellent idea of the progress and 
the resources of California. No outsider can 
realize the amount of work involved in com- 
piling and getting up so much information as 
was there presented. Mr. De Young and 
Managing Editor John P. Young are to be 
congratulated. 

Mrs. Gertrude Atherton is much annoyed 
by the newspaper reports engaging her now 
to one, 11 ->w to another of the men she knows. 
The latest story in circulation attributed mat- 
rimonial intentions to Fred Somers, editor of 
Current Literature, and, I believe, Mrs. Ather- 
ton has received sundry letters of congratula- 
tion from friends in various parts of the 
country. She is now up at Fort Ross, at 
work on a book and some stories, and writes 
me that she is not engaged, never was, and 
never expects to be. That should be positive 
enough to secure her immunity from the best 
meant efforts of even D. E. Verdantball, the 
antiquarian New York correspondent of the 
Chronicle. 

* * * 

Thk decision of the Supreme Court in the 
Bruner case has revived among the lawyers 
the project discussed during the session of 
the last Legislature, of reorganizing that 
tribunal. The argument used is that the 
Court as now constituted is plainly incompe- 



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tent. By some, this is attributed to Justice 
McFarland, who, himself knowing nothing 
about the law as it has been laid down by the 
masters, seems determined to overturn what 
Little has heretofore been expounded by the 
Court. The story is related of the late Judge 
Hoge that once he was found reading a book 
in the Law Library. "Ah," said the dis- 
coverer, " reading a little law I see, Colonel ? " 

" No," replied the Colonel, gruffly, " I am 
reading a California Supreme Court decision." 

It is admitted that in Judge Hoge's time a 
little bit of law managed to effect a lodgment 
in the Court's opinions, but that that little is 
now kept out, seems to be the general opinion. 
During MeFarland's term of four years the 
Court has reversed itself in the Sharon litiga- 
tion, iu the Jessup case, in the Bruner case, 
and performed some ground and lofty tum- 
bling in other cases — but every time, mind you, 
in the interest of a big bag of money or a 
corporation. 

I think Justice McFarland is a man of 
ability, but I also think he would be a greater 
ornament to his race off than on the bench. 
His mind is so constituted that he cannot see 
the justice of any course that is not backed by 
money. If two litigants come before him, 
one poor and the other rich, he is sure to 
decide for the rich man. This is not done 
corruptly, for he is a poor man and personally 
unapproachable, but he is built that way. I 
should no more expect McFarland to do 
justice between corporations and people or a 
rich man and a poor man than I would expect 
Jay Gould, were he ou the bench, to decide 
against himself. He cannot do it. In all 
cases involving contests between such litigants 
if McFarland is not able to sway the Court to 
his view, he dissents. 

* * * 

The reorganization project contemplates get- 
ting McFarland off the bench, and it is probable 
that it will be strongly urged at the next ses- 
sion of the Legislature. The scheme is to 
organize District Courts of Appeal, say three, 
to travel in circuits or sit at certain centres of 
population, such, for instance, as Los Angeles, 
San Francisco, and Sacramento. Each is to 
have its district within which appeals may 
be taken from the Superior Courts. These 
Courts of Appeal are to have jurisdiction of 
all the cases now before the Supreme Court, 
and final jurisdiction in about two-thirds of 
them — in all, in fact, except a few where 
important interests can be made the subject 
of litigation. Over the District Courts of 
Appeal the proposition is to establish a 
Supreme Court. In order to abolish the pres- 
ent Court, the Constitution would have to be 
amended, which would take three years at 
least. But the present state of the busi- 
ness of the Supreme Court — three years 
behind — and the disqualification of the 
judges to dispatch it and stick to their 
own rulings, seems to render the attempt nec- 
essary. * * * 

The best stoky I have heard recently is that 
related by Ross Jackson of the Examiner 



on his return from a late business visit to the 
Keeley Institute, which has just bern estab- 
lished at Los Gatos. It seems that the Exam- 
iner published an interesting description of 
the Institute, rather complimentary in its gen- 
eral tone, and in recognition of the kindness 
the physician in charge sent word to Editor 
Hearst that he would be pleased to treat free 
of charge, for scientific purposes, any hard case 
who might be attached to his local staff. 
All newspaper offices are usually supplied 
with one or two frightful examples of strong 
drink, but it happens that at present the 
Examiner has none. St) Mr. Jackson was 
sent forth to procure one for the Keeley Insti- 
tute. "As this case will be a test of the 
bichloride of gold cure," said Editor Hender- 
son, in giving Ross his final directions, "I 
would advise you to procure the most hopeless 
one of which you have any knowledge. Your 
experience and judgment will be of great 
assistance to you, I am sure. Be careful, for 
we intend to have the result written up." 

* * * 

Mr. Jackson was not long in finding a 
victim of the Demon Ruin. He selected 
Robert Duncan Milne, the well-known story 
writer. For twenty years Milne has been 
engaged in a desperate attempt to drink up 
all the beer in California. He thinks that beer, 
while adapted to his constitution, is generally 
injurious to the rest of mankind, and he is 
consumed with a desire to annihilate it. 
Twenty years practice has, of course, devel- 
oped his capacity beyond measure. For a 
long time his breakfast has consisted of a cup of 
boullion and five schooners, his lunch, of a cup 
of boullion and ten schooners, and his dinner, 
of fifteen schooners without the boullion. In 
short, he has lived on beer for many years. 
He has drank enough to float the entire 
Chilean Navy. 

* * * 

He readily assented to Jackson's proposition 
to take a bichloride course at the Los Gatos 
Institute. Ross says he judiciously concealed 
from him the fact that be had been selected as 
the worst case of alcoholism in town, because, 
as Jackson humorously expressed it, " it 
might have swelled his nut," but he made no 
bones of the additional fact that the affair 
was to be written up, no matter how it turned 
out. 

Milne had fifteen schooners — his evening 
meal — aboard when Ross talked to him. 
"Cert', ol' fel', Ize brace up," he said in his 
pure Scotch accent. "Truth is (hie) Ross, 
I've been goin' (hie) like zis long 'nuf. 
Shame for brilliant (hie) man like me to waste 
hissel' on schooners, eh ? " 

Ross administered a few doses of bromide, 

and, after getting Robert into his Sunday 

lothes, started with him for Los Gatos. On 

the road he was obliged to get off at every 

station where Milne was able to espy a saloon 

through the window, and when he arrived 

at the Institute the versatile romancer was, 

as Ross says, " Loaded to the Plimsoll line." 

Arcadian Waukesha Water. Your Physician will 
recommend it. 



The physician gave him a "shot" of 
bichloride of gold and put him to bed. 

* * * 

The next morning Ross found Milne at 
breakfast cold, sober, and in a reflective mood. 
As he was about to take his leave, wishing 
the patient a speedy cure and a Happy New 
Year, Robert followed him to the door, and 
said, in a confidential tone: 

"Say, Ross, do you think these fellers 
really can cure me of this habit of drinking?" 

"Yes, I suppose so; they advertise to do 
it. Why?" 

"Well, you know, I have been thinking 
this morning, and I am rather sorry I con- 
sented to come here." 

"Why, old man, what's the matter? 
You're not afraid ? " 

"No; but the idea is terrible to contem- 
plate." 

" The idea terrible to contemplate! What 
are you talking about? What idea?" 

" You see," continued Milne, with a dead 
seriousness, " the doctor says this beer-drink- 
ing habit of mine is a disease. Now, if I 
thought he could cure me I would leave here 
this instant. The idea of being cured not only 
strikes terror to my heart, it makes me thirsty. 
Put yourself iu my place, Ross, how would 
you like to be cured ? " 

Ross winds up the story by remarking: 

" Now, what could I say to a man in such 
a situation — in danger of being cured of a 
twenty-year thirst ? I just extended my sym- 
pathy, shook hands, and left him to his fate. 
It was ungenerous, but my professional duty 
required me to do it." 

* * * 

In a LATE issue of the Examiner a number 
of obscure and prominent gentlemen sought to 
answer the question: " What would most 
benefit California in 1892?" The replies 
were individually and numerously stupid, and 
were readable merely as examples of the ease 
with which men in commerce and the pro- 
fessions fit themselves to any literary position 
to which the vagrant fancy of an editor may 
call them. What would be of most benefit to 
California was so many different things that I 
am strongly of the opinion that the writers 
must have felt thoroughly enamored of their 
own originality. Only two of the answers 
bore m )re than a cousinly resemblance to 
each other: Those of J. C. Stubbs and 
Jeremiah Lynch. The former said a series of 
murders, amounting to a war, would benefit 
California; and Buckley's Nemesis thought 
one small, midnight assassination — that of 
one Bret Harte — would be an everlasting 
good thing for the Golden State. 

* * * 

It seems that Mr. Stubbs, who advocated a 
war, Ins been crowned with considerable com- 
mendation for his perspicacity, while Mr. 
Lynch, who asks merely for the removal of 
one man, is on the cross of general condemna- 
tion. This is somewhat strange, and suggests 
a condition of the public mind that self-respect 



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5 



will not permit me to analyze. The desire 
for blood is strong in the gentlemen I have 
named, but whereas Mr. Lynch intimates 
that the odor of Mr. Harte's gore, as it rushes 
from the new-opened veins, would satisfy him, 
Mr. Stubbs would have a deluge of blood of 
which he would be the Noah. Personally, I 
have no wish to see the sewers of the world 
run blood, nor am I anxious to see the rafters 
of heaven stained and spotted with the bright 
red fluid of man; but if the same would help 
California, or forward her in the race of States, 
I withdraw all objections, and say, " So let it 
be." However, in thus deferring to the 
Stubbs taste, I must ask that he show a 
like respect to the Lynch desire. 

For my own part, I am inclined to believe 
that the ex-Senator did not ask too much 
when demanding the head of Bre: Harte on a 
platter. The Bret Harte hand has not spared 
to rob California of her civilization; adventure 
has rolled into the Golden State elements that 
the passing years have not refined; we are as 
young in the arts as we were in '49; the sci- 
ences have gained nothing from us; about 
our waists are the leather belts of the miners; 
our trousers are still tucked into our boots; 
we are armed at every pore, and conduct 
arguments with revolvers and shot guns. 
When Matthew Arnold was in Chicago some 
years ago, he had in his suite a lady of con- 
siderable culture. The poet and philosopher 
spoke of going to California, and was assured 
he would get a royal welcome. Society, he 
was told, would turn out en masse to meet 
him. 

"Society," said the lady; "dear me, we 
do not want much of that if it is like the 
Society on the Stanisloe." The dear lady 
meant it, pronunciation and all. 

There is another side to all this, however. 
How would Mr. Lynch take it if in the Alexan- 
dria Sphinx or Cairo Pyramid a writer should 
ask for the assassination of the author of the 
" Egyptian Sketches." I am not disinclined 
to the belief that the jealousy of those literary 
fellows is at the bottom of the whole matter. 
* * * 

The latest story is about a very good 
but exceedingly kittenish old young person 
who has recently thrown off the bonds of single 
blessedness, exchanging for a sonorous three- 
story cognomen one briefer and far less har- 
monious. She has just commenced house- 
keeping and her simulation of girlish inno- 
cence is a performance eminently amusing. 
To her neighbors she is continually appealing 
for information, and nothing seems quite 
trivial enough for her to confide. On matters 
of particular moment, however, she selects as 
her mentor a Mrs. Jones — at least I will call 
her so — a lady of considerable bulk and great 
dignity, who never fails to be parental and 
tell her every thing she does not want to 
know. 

On New Year's E)ve Mrs. Jones was going 
into town in a hurry. She stood on the side- 



walk waiting for a coming street car when she 
observed, descending upon her, the bride. 
Quite breathless and excited she placed a de- 
taining hand on her dear friend's arm and 
exclaimed : 

" Oh, Mrs. Jones, what would I have done 
had I missed you ? ' ' 

"Done without me, my dear," said that 
lady, lifting her hand to signal a coming grip- 
man. 

"Just give me one moment, Mrs. Jones. 
Oh, I'm in such a quandary." 

The car passed. The bride gasped, " Mrs. 
Jones, I'm going to have shrimp salad for my 
dear husband this evening. Just how many 
shrimps will I need for the two of us? " 

* * * 

The Press-Club Story-Tellers were in 
session early one day this week, and Sockless 
Harry was given the floor without opposition. 
His hero was a bright, whisky-soaked, intel- 
lectual man, who wrote local copy for Joe 
McCullagh on the Globe-Democrat. Mr. McCul- 
lagh is one of the best newspapermen in the 
country, and knows when a man is trying to 
shirk an assignment as well as anybody else. 
The hero was sent out to interview a visitor 
who had just arrived from Europe, a literary 
light of considerable brilliance. When on the 
way to the house where the victim was stay- 
ing, the young man met some friends, and 
having lingered with them for a time, he 
returned to the office and informed Mr. Mc- 
Cullagh that the literary man was out. The 
editor knew his assistant's weakness, spoke 
to him kindly about perseverance, and bade 
him go back and wait until he found the vis- 
itor. The reporter started out again, and for 
an hour held up the bar of an adjacent saloon; 
then he returned to the office and informed 
the editor that the man he was after had not 
appeared at his house. 

* * * 

McCullagh thought a moment. "You've 
got to get that man," he said at length, " or 
give me some evidence that you can't reach 
him, if it takes all night. Now, I'll get a 
cab, and you jump right in and drive to his 
house." 

The young man did as he was directed, 
and nothing was heard of him for over an 
hour, when a noise on the stairs indicated that 
some one was ascending under a heavy load. 
Soon the hero fell against the door, and made 
his entrance. His appearance was far from 
reassuring; in one hand he carried his hat, in 
the other a coil of wire. 

"There," he said, flinging the coil on Mc- 
Cullagh's desk; "there's evidence that I've 
been to Mr. Jiglet's house. There's the bell 
knob, the wire, and everything but the bell 
itself, and I should have had that, too, but the 
hole was too small." 

Mr. McCullagh admitted that he had done 
all possible in the premises, and the young 
man went his way. Such was the story 

Arcadian Waukesha Water Cures Indigestion. 



Sockless Harry told; and when he finished 
some one said it was not remarkable. 

"No, it isn't," was the reply; " the only 
thing funny about it was that next day Mc- 
Cullagh discovered that the reporter had 
broken into a bell-hanger's shop, stolen the 
wire and knob, and had then enjoyed a car- 
riage ride at the expense of the office." 

The Bible itself is responsible for the 
statement that there is no new thing under the 
sun ; but I saw a gentleman in a barber shop 
on January 2, and Bible or no Bible, I will 
always remember him as a being absolutely 
and incontrovertibly original. 

His head was full of corners, so to speak, 
when he came in, and his hat seemed to pinch 
him. He asked to be shaved, and incident- 
ally begged the barber to keep hot towels 
around his head until it had resumed its nor- 
mal dimensions. 

Just as the lather had been brushed over his 
face, he started up in his chair with a forcible 
exclamation. 

" Want anything ?" asked the barber. 

" Great Ged, yes! Call a messenger boy! 
Call him quick!" 

sfc 2f€ f|S 

Two minutes later, in rushed a latter-day 
Mercury. 

" Want a messenger ? " 

" Yes ; hurry up, will you ? " 

" Where to, sir?" 

" Nowhere. Just right here. Do you want 
four bits ?" 

" Yes, sir." • 

"Well, sit right down and get your hair 
cut." 

" Clip it clean down to the scalp, will you, 
barber? Clean down to the scalp. Use one 
of those things like horse-clippers, you know. 
Nowcliplikeblaz.es. I'm in a burr}'. Do it 
quick !" 

The barber put the messenger boy in a 
chair, the original barber continued the pro- 
cess of shaving the customer. 

Two minutes later that individual bounced 
up out of his chair again. 

" For God's sake !" said he, "call another 
messenger ! Call him quick, too ! I'm in 
the deuce of a hurry ! " 

* * * # 
They called, and the boy came. 

"Say, boy," said he, " do you want to make 
four bits ?" 
" Yes, sir." 

" Well, sit down and have your hair cut." 
"Naw. I don't want no hair cut," said 
the boy. 

"Well, get it curled, hang you! I'll pay 
for your time and give you four bits as well. 
Sit down there and get that mop curled, and 
curl it tight, barber; curl it into kinks, for I'm 
in the deuce of a hurry and can't sit waiting 
here all day." 

# * * 

The messenger boy took his seat, the 
original barber proceeded with the original 
shave. The customer commenced snoring. 
Inside of three minutes, however, he awoke. 

"Barber," said he, ." call a messenger. 



6 



THE WAVE. 



Call him quick, too. I've got business to 
look after, and can't stop loafing here all day." 

Another messenger was called, another 
hair cut duly bargained for at four bits the 
clip. And so it went on, and on, and on, 
and still further on until nine employees 
of the A. D. T. were awaiting their turn to 
have their hair either cut, curled, or sham- 
pooed. 

I waited until the bitter end, and that wait 
cost me two hours of time that was worth 
nothing. When finally the original cus- 
tomer's head was soaked out, and the last 
messenger boy clipped even to the pale, white 
scalp, the original barber was alsked for a. 
reckoning. 

" Just three dollars and twenty-five cents 
sir," said he. 

"And eleven messenger boys at four bits 
apiece. How much do they come to?" 

" Five and a half, sir." 

" And their time ? " 

" Oh, about three dollars." 

"Well," said the original customer, "I 
guessed I'd fool them chaps as were bluffing 
me. They said I wasn't drunk enough to 
spend ten dollars on a shave. But I licked 
'em this trip— didn't I ? " 

* * * 

The custom of acquiring, prior to making 
the grand tour, the title of "Colonel," is one 
that certain distinguished personages have 
found eminently successful. An ordinary 
American traveling in Europe attracts the 
attention only of those who are anxious for a 
percentage of his riches. Official notice is 
reserved for the visitors accredited at their 
Embassies or who possess high military rank 
in the regular army. There is nothing quite 
so painful for a millionaire provision dealer or 
a prominent bank president, whose position 
and importance there is no gainsaying, 
whose lightest utterances are regarded as in a 
degree inspired, as to leave home and find 
himself regarded as a commonplace globe- 
trotter. It is most disillusionizing. 

* * * 

Some months ago a gentleman of the name 
of Hecht, who had been very fortunate in the 
shoe business and in investments, determined 
to see a little of the old country. Making 
known his intentions to his friends, among 
them to Colonel Kowalsky, he was advised by 
that astute will-breaker to become a military 
personage prior to his departure. Mr. Hecht 
without a great deal of difficulty obtained a 
place on General Dimond's staff, and came out 
before the world as Lieutenant-Colonel Mike 
Hecht in the glittering uniform of his new 
rank. Before he knew enough about tactics 
to order a company to form " fours," he and 
his family had packed up their impediments 
and were on their way to Europe. 

* * * 

The scene changes here to a small village 
on the Austro- Italian frontier. A mountainous 
country; no railroad. A stage drives up to the 
inn between two cavalrymen in full regimen- 



tals From it alight a gentleman in a fatigue 
uniform, his wife and family and two officers. 
Evidently a personage of decided importance, 
he enters, and in the register inscribes him- 
self: 

"M. H. Hecht. Colonel, N. G. C, U. 
S. A." 

The host is all deference. At the disposal 
of the distinguished traveler are some of the 
best rooms in the establishment. As Colonel 
Hecht disappears, another San Franciscan, 
who has been an attentive observer of the 
scene — Sigfried Nickelsburg, of Cahn Nickels- 
burg, also in boots — emerges and takes the 
seat on the stage the great man has just 
vacated. 

* * * 

Carefully interrogating the driver, Nickels- 
burg learned that at the town he had just left 
— a military station on the frontier — Colonel 
Hecht had been honored with a review and a 
parade had been given in respect to him. "Great 
man " said his informant authoritatively, 
" big soldier. His General had a diamond 
staff and is a regular fire eater. " From his 
narrative it appeared that the gallant shoe 
dealer's progress across the Austrian empire 
had been signalized by a series of regimental 
receptions, each one sweller than the last. 
The lesson was not lost. On arriving at the 
town Hecht had just left, Nickelsburg 
walked up to the register and wrote his name 
across three lines : 

"Sigfried Nickelsburg, General, M. D. S. E., 
U. S. A." 

The mystic letters stood for "Merchandise," 
and it had more letters in it than the rival 
N. G. C. 

* * * 

The host became obsequiousness itself when 
the General explained that he was the 
superior officer of Colonel Hecht who had 
just passed through — that, in fact, he was a 
big General. The commanding officers of the 
regiment called on him that night. He was 
treated to a score of receptions, several 
parades and reviews. The best part of the 
joke is that General Merchandise Nickels- 
burg has a hunchback. 

* * * 

That gentle warrior, Colonel F. S. Chad- 
bourne, is in the saddle again, and his battle- 
cry is echoing through the city. After the 
Federated Trades had driven him out of busi- 
ness — or rather after he had retired, rather 
than permit them to conduct his affairs — his 
landlord stepped in, and informed him that he 
%vould hold his tenant to his lease, or make 
him pay a large sum of money for breaking 
it. People who know the soft-tempered 
"Chad" can imagine how he took the 
information, especially as the case was a clear 
" cinch." I am told there was an agieement 
between him and the owner of the building, 
by the terms of which the retiring merchant 
should give up the store to another tenant 
who would take immediate possession, and 
that the loss to the proprietor would be very 
small. At the last moment, however, the 
landlord sought to make the Colonel pay for 



the luxury of retiring from business at a 
tremendous loss: I have been assured that he 
failed absolutely, and that Chadbourne refused 
to give him a cent in a dozen torrid lan- 
guages. * * * 

AT the Prf.ss Club Jinks the other night 
two well-known gentlemen came together. 
One was Dr. James Simpson, the other Dr. 
Burgess. Perrie Kewen was the means of 
bringing these famous disciples of Esculapius 
into the same latitude, and as they gazed 
admiringly at each other he congratulated 
himself on his diplomacy. After the greet- 
ings, Dr. Burgess said: 

" By the way, I think the last time we met 
was at a municipal convention, wasn't it?" 

" Yes, and we're growing lucky as we grow 
old," said Dr. Simpson; " we met among 
politicians then, and now we meet among 
gentlemen." This, I believe, had much to do 
with the disappearance of the egg-nog. 

* * * 

The " Late Watch " was the most success- 
ful in the history of the Club. The gathering 
of members was unusually large, considering 
the condition of the weather and the night. 
Charley Stillwell, "on the desk, ' did admir- 
ably weil, and the programme prepared by 
Messrs. Phillips, Lawrence, and Moran was 
beyond reproach. The paper of the evening 
was read by Harry Tod, and was a charming 
sketch from life. Leo Cooper won long and 
loud applause with his dramatic recitations, 
and Judge Low at the piano and H. H. Egbert, 
vocally, were warmly encored. A number of 
other gentlemen assisted in making the " Late 
Watch " enjoyable. 

v ♦ Mi 

The arrangements for the reception of the 
delegates to the International League of Press 
Clubs have baen completed, and a programme 
that will insure the visitors a succession of 
views of San Francisco and vicinity has been 
prepared that cannot be beaten. The citizens, 
recognizing the excellence of the advertis .- 
ment for the Golden State, have been most 
liberal, and everywhere the committees who 
have the affairs in charge have been kindly 
and courteously received. The North Pacific 
Railroad has been good enough to offer a 
special train as far as Ukiah; the Southern 
Pacific has been more than generous in put- 
ting at the disposal of the Press Club here 
two cars and an engine, and inviting the 
Managers to ask for any transportation that 
may be needed. 

The guests will arrive on Wednesday, after 
enjoying the hospitality of the citizens of 
Auburn. Their entertainment here consists 
of carriage drives, railroad excursions, 
steamer rides, banquets, and hops. A commit- 
tee of ladies has been appointed to take charge 
of the cousins and wives of the. delegates, 
and they will receive the best of care. 

* * * 

A local journal informed its readers some 
weeks ago that the Lombard Trust Company 
of London was investing millions on the Coast 



THE WAV E • 



7 



in real estate. Mr. George V. Sims was the 
gentleman who was conducting the invest- 
ments of millions for the company, and, as I 
read the article, I envied Mr. Sims' easy 
way of talking of hundreds of thousands 
and millions of dollars. I have just re- 
ceived a private letter from London giving 
some interesting information about the 
Lombard Trust Company, which exists. 
We have so often heard distinguished 
visitors talk of great corporations that were in 
evidence only in their own minds, that I was 
thoroughly pleased to learn that Mr. Sims' 
Coaipany had an office and stationery. 

It seems that the millions spoken of are the 
only part of the concern that can't be found; 
the company was registered in 1890 with a 
capital of ,£25,000. The objects of the com- 
pany did not include the purchase of the State 
of California, nor did the}' remotely refer to 
the acquirement by purchase of the irrigation 
bonds or mining stocks of this favered region. 
With a capital stock of £25,000, the Lombard 
Trust Company cannot be investing many 
millions of dollars on the Coast, and Mr. Sims 
must have been misrepresented when he was 
made to say that he would invest $1 ,000,000 in 
a new town up north; that he would put 
another milliou into irrigation bonds, and 
that he would gather in all the real estate in 
sight; yes, he must have been misrepresented. 
$ $ # 

The prayer cure is not receiving the 
attention that its merit demands. Since 
some of its professors have been thrown into 
jail for criminal and other kinds of care- 
lessness its popularity has waned. Much of 
the commotion raised at its practice was due, I 
believe, to the regular physicians who were 
anxious to keep the public from looking in 
other directions for relief from the ills that 
flesh is heir to. Prayer is a cheap way 
of curing disease, and it has about it the sug- 
gestion of independence; there was something 
catching in the cry of " Every man his own 
doctor;" it appealed to the -parsimonious and 
the spendthrift. But if the prayer-cure had 
been permitted to go on undisturbed of law, 
what would have become of Urs. Rosenstirn, 
Cole, Simpson, and a dozen of others? 

• # # # 

While it does not enjoy the popularity that 
it had, the prayer-cure has by no means been 
abandoned. In the Blessing Eyster family it 
is a belief, and for all purposes it is called 
into requisition. Mrs. Eyster's daughter, 
Mrs. Elder, is blessed with a boy who is just 
the age when children think that their noses 
and mouths are the receptacles that nature 
intended for the flotsam and jetsam of the 
world. One day the little chap discovered a 
basket of peas, with which he carefully filled 
the cavities of his nasal organs. Pain and 
astonishment followed the feat, as he found 
they would not come down. His yells called 
his grandmother to his side; she wanted to 
send for a doctor, but his mother would not 
hear of it, and began to pray. By dint of 



screaming and stamping the youthful Elder 
dislodged some of the peas, and thus encour- 
aged his maternal parent kept up her efforts 
to effect an entire cure by prayer. 

* * * 

Fiually, Mrs. Eyster sent for a physician, 
and when he arrived he applied to the trouble 
the knowledge that education gave him, with 
the result that the last remaining peas were 
removed and the child found he had no 
further impediment in his sneeze. The 
grandmother said the boy would have been 
saved much pain if she had been permitted to 
send for a doctor at once. 

"A doctor," cried the mother, "you see 
what prayer has done, removed all but two 
peas; if I had understood the cure better I 
could have had them all out; but this will 
come in time." 

I should like to have some of the prayer- 
curers try the amputation of a limb, and in case 
they can get no one on whom to practice, I 
will offer them a nice leg that I never use 
excepting when a street car or cab isn't in 
sight. 

* * * 

C. O. Ziegenfuss, who is making the Fresno 
Republican a tower of strength in that county, 
was in town the other day, and enjoyed some 
hours with the boys. I have been told that 
" Zieg." is one of the best city editors or 
managing editors in the State; he has never 
failed to make a paper "go" when he got 
half a chance. He has some peculiar ideas 
about a variety of things, and a story is told 
on him that is said to illustrate a peculiarity. 
For a while he " made things hum " in San 
Diego, and in "breaking in" a friend who 
had gone thither to assist him in running the 
paper, he delivered himself of much wisdom. 

* * * 

"Phil," he said; "we've got to get out 
here and prove ourselves. We know more 
about newspapers in five minutes than the 
jays do in a ' cycle of Cathay.' But the first 
thing we've got to do is to get involved." 

" Involved ! " cried Phil. 

" Yes, sir; hopelessly involved; that's the 
scheme." 

" Hopelessly involved ! " Phil repeated, 
thoroughly mystified. " Hopelessly involved 
in what ? ' ' 

" Why, in debt. Everybody is hopelessly 
involved, and we've got to ' get there ' too." 

That was the only time that I hoped fail- 
ure would come to a man I liked. 

* * * 

IT SEEMS that we who fought on the North 
are not yet reconstructed. I saw a horrible 
example of this the other day in the shape of 
a cripple, who, sans legs and arms, shoved 
himself about on rollers by means of a stick 
fastened to a stump. I happened to be in a 
saloon — on business, and sitting at one of the 
tables was a tall, lean man, with sharp black 
eyes, gray mustache, and white hair. He 
was drinking alone, when the crippled and dis- 
membered object appeared. He pushed him- 



self painfully over toward the table where the 
old man sat, and begged fcr a dime. 

* * % 

"I have no money, sih," was the answer 
his request received. 

" I haven't had anything to eat to-day," 
said the maimed man, "and I fought for the 
country when it was in clanger." 

"You fowt with the No'th, sih?" asked 
the other, with interest. 

" Yes, I was with Sheridan at Winchester, 
and look at me now." The ready reservoir 
of the cripple's tears overflowed, and his 
cheeks were streaked with clean lines. " You 
was in the war, but with the South? Well, 
gimme a dime for old time's sake." 

" I was in the wah, sih, with Lee, and heah 
sih, is something for you." He put a coin 
into the tin cup the ex-Federalist had tied 
about his neck; the cripple's face shone. 
" Ten dollars! " he cried. "Why, it's more 
money than I've had sence I was mustered 
out. Why do you give me this much ? " 

" Because, sih," said the Southerner, gloat- 
ingly, "you all is the fi'hst Yankee I've evah 
seen trimmed up to suit me, sih." 

The cripple thanked God for his kindness, 
and pushed himself out. 

* * * 

There should be appointed in each town- 
ship, city, and county, a Joke-explainer, 
whose business it would be to point out to 
the dull and obtuse the witticisms with 
which the bright enliven their way through 
life. The other day I happened at the office 
of one of the principal hotels, when the clerk 
and the manager were endeavoring to decipher 
the name of a lady who had just registered. 
The clerk was sure the signature was " Mrs. 
Jay; " the manager, who has a National repu- 
tation for his ability to disentangle chi- 
rography, was as positive that it was "Mrs. 
Joy." They were still discussing the matter 
when "Hush, here comes the lady now," 
said the manager, and a very pretty woman 
stepped up to the desk. 

" Will you have my trunks sent up the 
instant they arrive? "she asked, sweetly. 

"Ceitainly, Mrs. Joy, certainly," was the 
quick response. 

" Mrs. Jay," corrected the lady, smiling. 

"Ah," said the manager, bowing, "we 
hold with Keats, that a thing of beauty 
is a Joy forever." 

Mrs. Jay, I regret to say, did not quite 
catch the compliment, and the gallant Boni- 
face sighed like a furnace. 

* * * 

Among the special holiday numbers of 
interior papers, the Fresno Republican' s New 
Year edition stands without rival. It is a 
superb publication and Fresno has every 
reason to feel proud of it. No better means 
of advertising that favored section could be 
found; people are judging localities by the 
papers they maintain, and if the test is 
applied in this connection Fresno should be 
one of the most progressive cities in the State. 
I cannot refrain from mentioning the splendid 



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supplement the Stockton Mail issued at the 
close of the year; it is in the shape of an 
almanac, containing descriptions of Stockton, 
pictures of handsome residences, statistics of 
industries and whatever else is of value 
locally. Besides, the almanac has many 
artistic reproductions of famous paintings, 
much valuable information on a variety of 
subjects, ani is, typographic illy, a fine publi- 
cation. 

The School of Design re-opened on Monday 
for the Spring term, and notwithstanding the 
fact that many of the students had not 
returned from their vacations, the attendance 
was very large. Many new names have been 
added to the membership roll, and everything 
points to a successful term. The election in 
the art association takes place shortly, and 
already there is political talk in the air. 



I am pleased to note the efforts that Mr. 
Quinn has made to secure for San Francisco 
the National Republican and Democratic 
Conventions. Some time ago I pointed out 
the fact that we stood as much chance of 
getting one or the other of these gatherings 
as we are to receive a delegation from Mars 
with a proposition to establish a long-distance 
telephone. However, many of my distin- 
guished fellow-citizens who like to subscribe 
large sums of money with strings securely 
tied to them, or who like to make out checks 
with the signature omitted, for public pur- 
poses, were determined to have the conven- 
tions, and the committees were sent on to get 
them. 

Some of the representatives returned shortly 
after failure crowned their arrival in the East; 
others remained there, among them Mr. 
Ouinn. Instructions were given, if I am not 
in error, to paint Washington with the 
brightest kind of carmine in the hope of 
winning votes to San Francisco; the painting 
was kept up for some time, and is not, I 
believe, stopped yet. Mr. Ouinn at once took 
precedence as a master painter, and laid on 
the colors with an artistic appreciation of 
thickness and durability. It appears, how- 
ever, that his supplies of carmine ran out, and 
that he was entirely unable to "hold up" 
San Francisco's end of the exhibition of gener- 
osity and hospitality without more money. 
Mr. Ouinn, therefore, telegraphed out here 
to the commissary department of the Commit- 
tee on Conventions for more funds, and hav- 
ing received them, started again on his 
career of astonishing Washington with the 
hospitality of the Golden State. I believe he 
telegraphed a second time for supplies, and 
it seems quite probable that if the committee 
that is now waiting a chance to go East ever 
leaves San Francisco, it will be on a tie pass. 
* * * 

That brilliant, but elusive, gathering of 
statesmen called the Federal Gang has, I am 
told, already made its nominations for next 
election. With a persistency worthy a better 



fate, these gentlemen have gone into every 
fight for years, and have always achieved 
a rapturous failure. Somehow or other, there 
is apparent a lack of votes in their faction, 
and on the day after election they are always 
to be seen figuring up on how many ballots 
they were beaten by. Timothy Guy Phelps, a 
rarely good man, is to be nominated for Gov- 
ernor, E- P- Dauforth will be made Collector 
of the Port, and Wendell Easton is to be 
pushed for Mayor. These are all first-rate 
men; but they will not, I fear, get a sniff of 
the offices they are after. 

* * * 

There is only one man in the State of Cali- 
fornia who will get the Republican nomina- 
tion for Governor, and that is Irwin C. Stump; 
he has it now. He is driving the " machine" 
himself, and can't be held back. Mr. 
Danforth might make a good Collector, but 
there will be too many men against him. As 
for Mr. Easton and the Mayorality: He is 
honest, and will not give up the amount 
necessary to buy the nomination, and I'll eat 
my paste and scissors for a kidney brochette 
if any man can get it without paying for it. 

* * * 

Arthur McEwen's Christmas story illustra- 
tive of Borehemianism and bohemianism was 
too cruel. It is unkind of this iconoclastic 
writer to heap ignominy on the illiterary idols 
of "Jinksdom," and to suggest, even play- 
fully, their lack of aughtfbut commercial intel- 
igence. Instead of ridiculing this tendency 
of bookkeepers and merchants to pose, at 
intervals, in an artistic capacity, newspaper- 
men should encourage it. What is more 
inspiring than to listen to half a dozen young 
accountants or salesmen struggling through a 
jinks paper, or wildly applauding a poem, or 
going into ecstasies over a poor picture, or a 
poverty-stricken waltz or gavotte. Is it not 
more aristocratic than to have them members 
of a drill corps, or Sir Knights of some lodge 
or other ? It must be remembered, too, that 
more intimate association with veritable bohe- 
miahs would, doubtless, cultivate a decided 
public opinion as expressed 
newspapers. This would be 



contempt for 
editorially by 
atheistical. 



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LAWN TENNIS. 

The tournament for the Alameda County champion- 
ship which was to have taken place on New Year's 
Day was postponed on account of the inclemency of 
the weather. The committee have decided, how- 
ever, to play it off every Saturday, commencing 
to-day until finished. 

A few matches were played off on Saturday last, 
the most interesting being between Carr Neel, of 
East Oakland, and Pete Browning, ot IT. C. ; the 
University man played very well, and although the 
score, 6-2; 6-2, denotes anything but a close match, 
the Oaklander had to keep moving lively throughout 
in order to win. 

C. D. Bates was on hand ready for his match with 
Hubbard, but as the latter was absent the former 
kindly concluded to wait over until to-day. 

The seating capacity of the California Tennis Club 
will be well tested on Saturday next when the crack 
teams of the California and East Oakland Clubs face 
each other to decide the league championship. Bates 
and S. Neel will represent East Oakland and iu all 
probability Tobin and W. H. Taylor, Jr., will repre- 
sent the California Club. {' 

Both teams have practiced considerable for the 
event, and a close and highly exciting contest is 
anticipated. 

The steady and determined manner in which the 
East Oakland team have played throughout the series 
has made them favorites across the bay, and there are 
not a few on this side of the bay who are looking 
forward to a victory for Oakland; the Oakland peo- 
ple base their opinions upon the display made by the 
California team in their match with Hubbard and 
Haight at the East Oakland grounds, some time 
since, in which their team work was not favorably 
commented upon by the players present. 

The pennant emblamatic of the double champion- 
ship will be presented to the winning team at the 
conclusion of the match; it will be made of silk and 
will be enclosed in a beautiful frame. It would make 
a handsome addition to the California Club's alreadv 
large collection of views, and the boys will make a 
determined effort to win. 

Should the league contests be again inaugurated it 
would be well for the different clubs to have, at 
least, two teams, and not depend upun one as the 
Lakeside Club did; and their poor showing can be 
readily attributed to the fact of their not having a 
regularly practiced team outside of Haight arid Hub 
bard to defend upon. 

The State and Stanford Universities are about to 
inaugurate a series of contests that will no doubt 
prove very interesting and will create a great deal of f 
good-natured rivalry. Teams consisting of eight 
players will be selected from each University. The 
Stanford men will come up and meet the State 
University team on their courts at Herkeley in matches 
both siugly and in doubles, and the U. C. team will 
journey to Palo Alto the following week and play 
their adversaries. 

Joe Daily, the professional tennis player, has been 
playing very much of late at the courts of the 
East Oakland Tennis Club; he has met all the 
players of prominence in the Club, and places 
Carr Neel at the top with Bates and Sam Neel 
about a tie for second place. The two southpaws, 
Driscoll and S. Sanborn, play" remarkably well 
and were it not for their persistency in smash- 
ing the ball unnecessarily they would come nearer 
to first place. Among the younger players, Sam 
Hardy and Sam Belilen are the most promising, and 
should they continue to improve they will be heard 
of in the July single championship contests. 

Tom Driscoll, to whom the rapid increase iu the 
sale of soda water in Oakland is due, has agayi 
sprained his much-sprained ankle and will not wield 
his racket again for at least two weeks. 

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A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL 



Issued Weekly from Office of Publication at San 
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By COSGRAVE & HUME. 



San Francisco, January 9, 1892. 



THE ABOLITION OF WAR. 

I have a profound respect for the English lan- 
guage as it is written by Mr. Ambrose Bierce, 
arid I hesitate to uphold what he calls the 
"popular fallacy" that the invention of destruc- 
tive instruments of warfare tend to abolish 
the armed conflicts of mankind. But I may, 
perhaps, venture to remark — hoping he will 
not consider a reply necessary — that the prin- 
cipal idea I have indulged with reference to 
this subject is that which is in consonance 
with self-preservation, the first law of nature. 
While the prospect of death has never to any 
extent deterred men from the formal killing 
of each other, it is a fact, I think, that indi 
viduals possessing the power in modern times 
to declare war are becoming more and more 
loath to contemplate the destruction of their 
species. The historical responsibility of war 
must become more grave with the multiplica- 
tion of books and newspapers, and why 
should not the moral and political penalties 
become greater as the means for destroying 
life increase ? 

Fanaticism is rapidly disappearing from the 
world. The time is already here when civ 
ilized men decline to slaughter each other in 
order to establish the supremacy of a favorite 
king or a favored religion. Massacres of the 
Jews, even, are no longer fashionable. With 
the spread of knowledge — and it seems to 
me knowledge is spreading— the soldiers 
( must know the purpose of war and will bet 
ter understand its miseries and dangers. It 
is my opinion that intelligent men will not 
fight much longer to promote gambling in the 
money centres of the world, and the letting 
of fat contracts; they will soon see through 
the thin gauze that conceals the motives of 
their blood-thirsty rulers, their greed and 
ambition. 

I am aware of the fact that war is the 
natural state of all forms of life. The smallest 
insect known to the microscope has enemies to 
devour it. That men in their most civilized 
condition should devour each other, is there 
fore in accordance, I suppose, with the divine 
order of things. But while this is true, and 
while a thirst for martial glory is sure to exist 
1 so long as the people applaud their destroyers 
more liberally than their benefactors, I still 
think men will be less inclined to follow their 
reckless leaders into warlike enterprises, when 
they are sure to be annihilated by dynamite 



or electricity. The invention of a dynamite 
gun that can blow up men-of-war twelve miles 
away, or an electric rifle that can destroy 
regiments at a single discharge, supposing 
such things possible, will, it seems to me, 
have a tendency to abolish armed conflicts. 
When war as a force becomes useless, it cer- 
tainly will be idiotic to resort to it as a means 
of settling disputes. 

However, I agree with Mr. Bierce in think- 
ing that war as it now exists is not entirely 
an unmixed evil. Some of its products arc 
surely preferable to those of peace. Com- 
pare, for instance, the present Federal Senate 
and the House of Representatives with those 
in which Sumuer and Blaine and Conkling 
sat. Compare also the noble spirits that, 
from 1861 to 1865, went by the names of 
Lincoln, Seward, Greeley, Grant, Sherman, 
Meade, or Hancock, with the contemptible 
insects that now are called Jay Gould, Rufus 
Hatch, Russell Sage, "Old ;Hutch," Matt 
Quay, Boss Tweed, or Tom Reed. 



its advantages and about each other, so long as 
wholesalers skin retailers, and retailers skin 
purchasers, so long as its lawyers win cases 
by fixing juries, and its corporations pack 
courts to render infamous decisions, so long, 
in fact, as mercantile, political, and social 
integrity continues in its present degraded 
condition, so long will San Francisco remain 
the rascally little town it is. You may say 
that public integrity is a matter of evolution, 
that honesty grows with the development of 
public morals, which are self-evident facts. 
The crying need of this city, then, is not 
" words, words, words," which we are all the 
while receiving in such profusion, but funerals, 
funerals, funerals. 



OUR GREATEST NECESSITY. 

The most recent illustration of the general 
mental obliquity of our citizens was given the 
other day by our esteemed contemporary, the 
Examiner. Forty exceedingly — in some cases 
offensively — prominent persons were asked 
what single thing should be done in 1892 
most calculated to benefit San Francisco. 
With one or two exceptions, each man set up 
his own hobby, and declared for it. The 
forty opinions, designed to show how en- 
lightened some of our citizens are, served, in 
fact, to emphasize their provincialisms. 

Our doctors have grown so accustomed to 
account to their patients for all the disorders of 
over-eating, over-drinking, and over-exposure 
by discoursing on the sewer system, that they 
have reached the point where they really 
credit their own stories. Thus, when asked for 
their opinions as to our greatest necessity, 
they shout in chorus " A new sewer system." 
The doctors are not the only ones whose hori- 
zons are thus narrowly bounded, however. 
It is natural for Chief Crowley to think tint 
San Francisco, to survive, must have more 
policemen; for Chief Scannell to see salvation 
only in a full-paid Fire Department; for 
Mayor Sanderson to believe a new charter 
only will cure all our ills, and for Captain 
Merry to think that the completion of the 
Nicaragua Canal will set us on the high road 
to the millennium. But all this shows the 
limited range of their vision. 

Now, as a matter of fact, none of these 
gentlemen have struck the one thing neces 
sary to be done to make San Francisco a 
great city, not even my friend Senator Lynch, 
who wants Bret Harte killed. At the risk of 
offending the entire population I shall men- 
tion it. This city will never rise to its true 
estate until dishonesty is eliminated from all 
its relations. So long as its merchants fail 
with their creditors in New York, so long as 
its real estate dealers pick the pockets of 
investors, so long as its newspapers lie about I strong enough to fight. 



THE success of John Sherman in the Ohio 
Senatorial contest serves merely to accen- 
tuate the excessive overgrowth of Mr. 
Foraker's assurance. That he should pre. 
sume to try issues with "Honest John's" well- 
oiled and vigorous machine, is one of the 
wonders of the time. Foraker is a small man 
with a very penetrating voice, who is a can- 
didate for everything within the gift of the 
Republicans of Ohio, and the insane nerve 
he has displayed in tackling Sherman's outfit, 
than which no stronger one was ever organ- 
ized anywhere, deserves well of the people. 
He ought to be sent to a lunatic asylum, how- 
ever, until he regains his sanity. 

* * * 

Hazel Hkrrixg, the sixteen-year old 
young lad}' who was jailed for breaking into 
millinery store the other night, it should be 
stated, is not the most notable product of our 
glorious climate. Sergeant Harter and the 
seven two-hundred-and-fifty-pound policemen 
who, after a hard struggle, finally succeeded 
in locking her up, are, however, among our 
choicest possessions. I am pleased to state 
authentically that none of them was injured 
in the capture of Hazel, and that all are now 
doing as well as could be expected. By the 
way, something must be wrong with Hazel. 
None of the newspapers have sai.l she is 
" beautiful." 

* ' * 

If Slavin, Mitchell, Sullivan, Jackson, and 
the other heavy-weight pugilists do not soon 
quit talking and go to fighting, I shall move 
to expel the whole pack from the country. 
Their incessant chatter about what they can 
do and the extreme care they take to keep 
out of range of each other's " bluffs," are 
becoming tiresome. Judge Scouehin Maloney 
would thrash any one of them at that kind of 
fighting. 

* * * 

THE election of Mr. James M. Troutt as 
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court for 
1892 probably cuds all the attempts to capture 
our friends the boodlcrs. Mr. Troutt's term 
expires next January, and the bosses will not 
permit him to do anything rash. If he 
attempts they will threaten, and Troutt is not 



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A LETTER ABOUT BOOKS 

Dkar Miss Matilda: — As I have often 
hinted, your education, in many important 
particulars, has been neglected. Of dancing 
you are graciously ignorant, and be assured I 
am not 'trying to flatter you when I suggest 
you know very little about anarchy. It is an 
interesting phase of life that might profltably 
be read about, and you will find all there is of 
the subject in a book called the "The An- 
archists," by a gentleman much impressed 
with himself — John Henry Mackay. His 
friends call him " the first singer of anarchy," 
and he glories in the title. To attempt to 
judge this work from the point of view 
of fiction would be an error, I am satis- 
fied. It is heavy; it is full of all manner of 
wild people — it is a perfect babel of cranks 
with long hair and wrong notions. The hero 
is an icicle who has been in jail, and reads 
political economy by the year, and listens to 
his opponents' arguments with a cynical 
smile. This not unpleasant trait, Miss Matilda, 
is not confined to anarchists, however. 

After you consider you have imbibed suf- 
ficient of the doctrines of Individualism as 
set forth by Auban, and know your London in 
a fog as he pictures it, do read " The Duchess 
of I'owysland " the latest novel turned out by 
the Grant Allen Fiction Manufacturing Co. j 
No single individual cculd produce books as i 
this very marvelous personage is presumed 
to do. He must really be a corporation — | 
something after the style of Piloty, the Ger- : 
man artist whose pupils attended to the details 
of his pictures. However, his " Duchess" is 
by no means uninteresting, though at greater 
length than one is willing to forgive. Before 
her brother discovers his electric motor she is 
a Miss Kiggins and presides gracefully and 
effectively over a small London lodging-house. 
A very distinguished-looking young person — 
even in the first chapters — tall, dark, 
beautiful, with clear cut, regular features, 
and a capable expression — she resolves 
latter into a bona fide belle, with highly aris- 
tocratic manners and multitudinous diamonds. 
It would afford me a great deal of pleasure 
to relate the plot in a few phrases, but as I 
know of none to cover all its details, convo- 
lutions, and complications, I shall not attempt 
to. It includes various forms of crime com- 
mitted under interesting conditions, a slashing 
court scene wherein the Duchess is tried for 
the murder of her husband, the Duke of 
Powysland — he committed suicide, by the 
way, out of spite. By the efforts of Douglas \ 
Harrison, an exceedingly moral and eminently 1 
brilliant, briefless barrister, she is acquitted, 
and then revenges herself on her clever advo- 
cate by marrying him. vSome will say she 
could hardly have done less. Others will 
regret she lost sight of so admirable an 
opportunity to exhibit unselfishness. 

The latest issue of the Unknown Library is 
"John Sherman" and "Dhoya," by Gasconah. 
The former is a clever study of a rather lazy, 
introspective Irishman who is in love with a 
beautiful girl and does not realize it. His 
life, a curious one, is described in a style, of 
some firmness. Leaving Mary Carlton he 
goes to London, enters his uncle's office and 
engages himself to Margaret Leland, a pretty 
fool with some money. Returning to tell 
Mary of what he has done, he discovers it is 
she he loves, not Margaret. In his device to 
break off the match, he displays more acute- 
ness and fertility than the majority of people 
would be willing, in the first chapters, to credit 
him with possessing. The final scene, where 
the parted lovers meet, is good and is well 
done. On the whole, the story is worth read- 



ing. " Dhoya " is really a very pretty little 
fable of an Irish giant who falls in love and 
is loved by a nymph. It is told in poetic 
prose of considerable smoothness. 

You will forgive me for advising you to read 
an exceedingly sweet love story, " A Rose of 
a Hundred Leaves." In these cynical days a 
prejudice for this species of literature is almost 
unpardonable, but forget the mere sentimen- 
tality of the subject, and consider the treat- 
ment. How difficult it is to create a heroine 
in whose fate a critical mortal like yourself 
may be interested. She must be beautiful — 
she should have good manners — there must be 
something of distinction about her, of the 
depth of her romantic passion there ought to 
be no question. Aspatria Anneys, with her 
large, brown eyes, her red, pouting, tempting 
lips, her soft, dark hair, that had a ten- 
dency to stray in little curls and tendrils 
down her white throat and over her white 
brow; her sweet, young innocence, is a 
delightful heroine. Seated beside her two 
big brothers in the large hall, ruddy and 
glowing with fire and caudle light, she 
makes a lovely picture. Outside the storm 
rages and in the midst of it there comes a 
knock at the door, and Sir Ulfar Feuwick 
comes upon the scene. He is the lover, and 
the sweet little girl succumbs at once. The 
passages descriptive of their courtship are 
poetic. It is an Autumn wooing amid the 
wheat fields. 

Provided She was pretty who, I ask you, 
Miss Matilda, could help falling in love under 
such circumstances? It does not run smooth, 
the course of their true love, for Ulfar is 
fickle. There is a strong scene in the Aspatria 
Church, for the brothers force a marriage, but 
at the door bride and. groom separate and ( 
meet in the last chapter never to part. Miss 
Barr possesses a style refined enough to 
carry a motif so exacting. It is a pleasant 
and artistic novel — not great, but dainty and ' 
tender — just one that those who themselves 
are lovers should read. 

Well, after you have finished Aspatria, and \ 
have become matrimonially disposed, take up 
" House and Hearth," by Harriet Prescott 
Spofford, in which you will find a variety ofj 
things you ought but don't know. The book 
brims over with informative platitudes. Har- 
riet tells you what to do to get married and how 
to preserve the love of your husband, and j 
how to behave in Society, and all that kind of| 
thing. She writes quite nicely, of course, and ! 
if one had but the time to read her all through 
and live up to her teachings, the sun of right- 
eousness would never set. But would that 
not reallv be a trifle tiresome ? Oracu-:, K. B. 

BOOKS RECEIVKD. 

"The Anarchists," by J. H. Mackay. Renj. EL] 
Tucker, publisher. For sale by all bonk dealers. 

"The Duchess of Powysland," by Grant Allen. 
Kenj. R. Tucker, publisher. For sale by A. M. 
Robertson. 

"John Sherman and Dhoya. ''the Unknown Library. 
Cassell Publishing Co. publishers. For sale by Wm. 
Doxey. 

"A Rose of a Hundred Leaves," by Amelia E. 
Barr. Dodd, Mead & Co. publishers. For sale by 
Win. Doxey. 

" House and Hearth," by Harriet Prescott Spofford. 
Dodd, Mead & Co. publishers. For sale by Wm. 
Doxey. 

At an election for officers of the People's Home j 
Savings Hank, held Decerning 21st, Mr. J. K Farnuni, 
lately cashier of the First National Hank of Pasadena, 
was elected Secretary and Manager, to succeed B. O. 
Carr, Ksq. Mr. Farnuni has been engaged in the 
banking business for twenty-live years, and held the 
office of State Bank Commissioner for four years, 
having been appointed by Governor Perkins. 



BOOKS. 

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received a large shipment from London of 
elegantly bound Standard books. 

>N>M</ for Complete Christmas List. 
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Sts., San Francisco, January 2, 1892. At a regular 
meeting of the board of directors of this society, held 
this day, a dividend lias been declared at the rate of 
four and one-quarter (4!+ ) per cent per annum on all 
deposits for the six months ending Dec. 31, 1891, free 
from all taxes, and payable on and after Jau. 2, 1892. 

R. J. TOR IN, Secretary. 



Is it right to employ men to attend the fem.de 
dead? No! Martin, Morrison & Co., 11S Geary St., 
have lady undertakers. 



People's Home Savings liunji, cor of 

Market and Fourth Sts., in the Flood Buildiug, City. 
For the half vear ending Dec. 31, 1891, a dividend has 
been declared at the rateof five and four-tenths (jKo) 
per cent per annum 011 term deposits and four and 
one-half (4' 2) per cent per annum on ordinary deposits, 
free of taxes, payable on and after Saturday, January 
2, 1892. J. E. FARNUM, Secretary. 



THE WAVE. 



MUSIC. 



MDLLE. BERTINI S CONCERT. 



Who knows if Henry Ward Beecher was 
not more than correct when he discovered in 
the "nick of time the fallacy of notions of 
eternal punishment. Those there be who 
dutifully go to concerts and operas whose 
sense of obligation to the good divine is 
intense. His apt allowance in granting that 
this green earth — if it is green — may be 
"smelly" with geheunas and purgatorios, is in 
the popular advertisementese ' 1 grateful and 
comforting," to these enduring beings; and 
they, having suffered ponderous keen and 
long here below, ma}- take some small zest 
out of the hopes of earning a possibly high 
standard with dear Dolly Winthrop's " Them " 
above. Becky, the ever fascinating, promised 
to herself, in her brief taste of the dull pomp 
and itchy splendors of respectability at 
Queen's Crawley, to sleep through the sermons 
behind her veil with practice; had concerts 
been necessary to an appearance of all the vir- 
tues she might have invented for us some 
means to politely insulate and switch off the 
aural powers, and all Bohemia would have 
crowned her its rightful hereditary queen. 
Concerts varying very much in villainy, if 
taken in continuous and proper quantities, are 
the best, most beautifully fine training to 
develop an acute bump of wonder upon. So 
much vocal music and all so truly rurally 
bad, almost one is persuaded to "give it 
best," like the Salvationist who detached 
himself from the H'army. In the musical 
world there are hundreds of Gibraltars, im- 
pregnable to the assaults of outside criticism, 
and deaf, dumb, and heedless to any internal 
sense of defect. As impervious are they to the 
illumining power of the work of fine artists, 
as to the excellent articles, essays, hints, and 
notes of value pricking forward in every 
musical magazine or journal. Any ordinarily 
intelligent individual wishing to do reasonable 
work in whatsoever executive walk in music, 
should accomplish this end by the aid of the 
text books, essays, and treaties alone, inde- 
pendent of the able teaching there is so much 
of. When people of talent dance the haka 
upon all the musical proprieties it is safe to 
consider them in the light of Gibraltars, 
unconquered and unconquerable by any style 
of argumentative trouncing. 

Given a model with passably fair propor- 
tions and some grace, clothes will do the rest, 
but for the nude, little short of perfection 
will satisfy; so in opera, vigor and confidence 
will carry through plenty of oozy singing 
quite successfully, but for a concert only 
real singing of true value will pass. Mdlle. 
Bertini has been heard here in opera and her 
success was almost noticeable; as a concert 
vocalist her efforts are pronounced, except 
artistically. Ripe faults which are brought to 
us under the sign manual of celebrated 
Italian teachers have at least the merit of 
fulfilling expectations. Operatic singers 
accustomed to gallery plaudits, mistaking 
effort for art rouse antagonism in the concert- 
room with the exaggerations and impurities 
of a braggadocio style. Very little of Miss 
Bertini's singing was reminiscent of art, and 
the faults were over-remakable. All the 
numbers given were familiar and probably 
carried associations of the work of artists 
with them. Mr. Donald de V. Graham gave 
repetitions from his repertoire without being 
in his 'usual voice; however, the merit of 
his neat articulation was as definite as usual. 

Beethoven's C Major Sonata, Op. 53 1 Wald- 
stein, gave Mr. Gustav Schultheiss more than 



his share of technical labor. Esthetic whims 
leading to the far beyond did not appear to 
disturb the enjoyment of the audience. So 
much mechanical advance has been made by 
this pianist that it is possible he may be led 
to inquire into the structure of the piano and 
the capacities it possesses for varying dynamics. 
Apology is due for the want of conception 
and the reckless prodigality ol pedal open and 
soft. A Cavatina, for 'cello, by Hiigel was one 
of those embonpoint compositions threatening 
cadenzas, aged long, and stertorous enough 
to cause apoplexy. Mr. Adolph Lada has a 
fine talent which should become of great 
value, and his playing has in it the elements 
of artistic perfection. Mr. Hother Wismer 
has equal promise as a violinist; Gade's tender 
Elegie was expressed with something like 
correct vocal phrasing. All the vocal numbers 
were accompanied with nothing, if not might, 
by a pianist whose name was not divulged in 
the programme. 



San Francisco has had her share of what I 
may call the " Cosmetic craze." It began in 
New York some five years ago, and has 
spread over the country — a tidal wave that 
has engulfed nearly the whole of feminine 
America. 

For ourselves we are not so culpable as 
other cities. Really a most trying climate on 
delicate complexions, it is little wonder that 
for half a decade San Francisco women have 
spent a good half of their pin money in the 
purchase of face bleaches and the thousand 
and one seductively named preparations all 
of which claimed to possess the infallible 
secret. 

Local agencies have been opened for the 
sale of Eastern nostrums of momentary renown 
on account of ingenious advertising; others 
have come here, leuted a suite of front rooms 
on some popular down-town thoroughfare 
and manufactured their own "beautifiers " in 
a back room, secure alike from the garish 
eye of day and the prying optics of too 
curious buyers. Hardly one of these estab- 
lishments has been conducted on what I might 
call an open, business-like basis, all have man- 
aged to make mystery — that element so dear 
to the femnle heart — enter .largely into their 
dealings while ostensibly explaining every- 
thing to the patron. One or two of them 
have been exposed by the daily press. 
Latterly I understand that a number of our 
best people — for women will have these things, 
I suppose — have been doing their shopping in 
this line in New York either on the occasion 
of a personal visit or through friends there. 

Gotham is unquestionably the "Cosmetic 
centre " — I didn't say the Cosmic centre — of 
this continent as Paris is of the old world, 
and I am given to understand we now very 
frequently originate ideas of our own in this 
direction that vie with the latest Parisian 
fancies. A pioneer in this line is Mrs. Harriet 
Hubbard Ayer whose fame is by this time 1 
nearly world-wide. An establishment modeled I 
closely after that of this remarkable woman J 
has lately been opened in most elegant and 
commodious quarters on Post Street, over the j 
White House, by a couple of San Francisco 
women, who, I understand, spent two months 
in New York studying the system of Mine. 
Ayer and other celebrated Gothamites. The 
undertaking is an entire departure from any- 
thing in this line thus far attempted here, and 
I shall be very much surprised if it does not 
score a striking success. 



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12 



THE WAVE. 



THE ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL 
SUCCESS. 

Some there are whose mothers can trace 
their pedigree back in a direct line to the 
astoundingly prolific band that came over in 
the ' ' Mayflower." These may consider them- 
selves born socially great. Others, again, 
nature has supplied with fathers whose chief 
delight it is to watch the dexterous ease with 
which education has taught their sons to rid 
them of superfluous thousands. These find 
social greatness thrust upon them. 

But suppose that no nice calculation is 
necessary to estimate the exact amount of 
your monthly income — suppose that the blood 
flowing through your veins is not ultra-marine, 
but only cadet, or at the most, gendarme 
blue, then social greatness is yet to be 
achieved. It is to the last class, the rank 
and file of the social army, that the following 
short cut to distinction is suggested. 

Taking it for granted, then, that you are an 
average young man, with an average young 
man's physical, moral, and mental attributes, 
you are presentable. That is to say, you 
have sufficient means, visible or invisible, of 
maintaining a pleasant exterior. Perhaps the 
pleasant exterior has not been paid for ? That 
is not to the point. You speak more or less 
grammatically, fall occasionally into saying 
" Between you and I," and " I done it; " but 
offset such slight discrepancies by pronounc- 
ing either and neither with a broad macron 
over the i. There is no blot on your 
escutcheon, or, if there is, the stain is invisible. 
In short, there is nothing serious enough to 
disbar you from the social eminence that you 
covet. To begin, then: 

Allow the first five or six events of the 
new season to pass unheeded. 'Principals 
seldom appear on the stage upon the uplifting 
of the curtain. Then, when the first charm 
of new acquaintanceship has begun to wear 
off, when the witticisms of the chronic humor- 
ist and the ardent glances of the chronic 
flirt have alike began to pall, when the little 
affairs of the heart have passed the full and 
are on the wane, when, in short, everybody 
is eager for something new, appear you on the 
scene. 

There is a time for appearing and dis- 
appearing. Always come late. If your toilet 
is complete at nine o'clock, curb your im- 
patience to be off. Read the newspaper. If 
you have exhausted items of interest, read the 
advertisements — anything, rather than appear 
before ten o'clock. There is an air of having 
just quitted a dinner party about the man 
who comes late. 

Make the hostess feel her good fortune at 
having secured your presence at all. Explain 
a little breathlessly how you were determined 
not to miss this reception, thus suggesting 
other engagements curtailed for her sake. 

If the occasion is a musicale, listen intently 
at the door step. Choose a moment when 
the violinist is playing a passage andante, 
extremely />ianissi>no, to pull the bell violently. 
Then, having drawn sufficient attention to 
your coming (probably nobody is listening to 
the solo), enter the room on tiptoe, looking 
about apologetically. 

If it is a dancing party that yon are attend- 
ing, take your station at the door of the dance 
hall, and watch the couples as they pass. 
You are fairly aching to join them ? One 
waltz and you are lost. No; survey the 
dancers with the patronizing smile that age 
accords to the follies of youth. Avoid intro- 
ductions. When compelled to receive them 
respond formally with a few words of gracious 



courtesy. Then retire to seek the society of 
men. 

Be the first to depart. Wait until the hostess 
is in the midst of a little crowd. Then 
approach and bid your adieus. Reassure her 
when she expresses her fear that you have 
not enjoyed yourself. Declare that you have 
passed a most agreeable evening. Nobody 
will believe you. You will be thought exact- 
ing. That is what you want. Women exert 
themselves doubly to please men reputed diffi- 
cult to please. 

People will soon begin to ask who you are. 
Belles will wonder disdainfully what right 
you have to all these airs. The) - may laugh 
at your amusing presumption. Do not see 
them. Practice looking through people at a 
further object. There is nothing more mad- 
dening to vanity. 

You cannot place too high an estimate on 
yourself. One person in ten will question 
your claim. The other nine will take you at 
your own valuation. 

Some evening when you find your elegant 
exclusiveness becoming insupportable, go 
over and ask Miss Moneybags for the first 
waltz. "What," you cry, "Miss Money- 
bags?" "Yes, the only daughter of the only 
Moneybags." "But," you protest, "she 
will make sport of me." Try. Always strike 
at the highest. Time enough to seek lower 
levels. 

With any possible trepidation hidden under 
a calm exterior, you quietly cross the hall, 
make your way through the little circle that 
surrounds the wheat king's daughter, and 
ask for the first waltz. It is yours. The young 
lady feels as pleased at your invitation as if 
you had a handle to your name. She leans 
happily upon your arm, conscious that she has 
achieved a triumph. You — plain Mr. Miggs, 
or Scraggs, or anything else — a mere nobody 
are conferring an honor upon the only daugh- 
ter of the only Moneybags. Had you asked 
for a dance the first evening that you met her, 
she would have declined without thanks. 

" It is only the first step that costs." Miss 
Moneybags having stamped you with her 
approval, all the lesser Satchels and Purses 
smile a welcome upon you. Use your power 
with discretion. Vouchsafe to your partner 
the privilege of entertaining you. Do not 
exert yourself in return. Listen with the air 
of one who has heard more engaging matter, 
but finds this sort of thing not half bad. 
Conquer the impulse to tell her the last good 
story in Life. She may be too superior for 
ten-cent wit. Rather recount an incident that 
occurred last night at the club. It does not 
matter whether there is any point to the 
story as long as it concerns aristocratic mem- 
bers of an aristocratic union. 

What is that? You cannot afford to be- 
long to such a club ? The dues alone exceed 
your income? Fudge! Income, salary, 
allowance — mere conventional terms. A 
man's income is limited only by the amount 
that he can borrow. If you do not know how 
to accept other people's income, you are too 
hopelessly plebeian ever to become a social 
success, 

By all means belong to a club. You share 
in the accumulated glory of its membership. 
Women say of you, " Oh, he's one of the Pen 
and Brush League — such talented fellows," 
or " Belongs to the Cosmopolitan Club — 
fastestsetin town," or something else, equally 
conducive to social popularity. 

Speak of the prominent members of the 
club with easy familiarity. "Have you met 
Mr. Bullion ?" inquires a debutante, dazzled 
by that magnetic local reputation. You have 
a distinct recollection of having met the 



Honorable Richard Bullion that very morning 
on the steps of the club, when to your cheery 
greeting he responded with the quiver of one 
eyelash. There is no trace of that chilling 
encounter in your voice as you turn to answer 
the young lady. "Who? Dick Bullion? 
Well, rather. Not a bad sort of a fellow, 
after you once know him. The only fault 
that I have to find with Dick is this — " 
Here you enlarge upon that grandee's various 
characteristics, pointing the narative with 
anecdotes calculated to impress upon the 
listener the existence of a long standing 
intimacy between yourself and the Honorable 
Richard Bullion. 

This plan will be found to be wonderfully 
effective, provided that you are not found out. 

Be sentimental with a plain-looking woman 
— matter of fact with a beautiful one. You will 
thus possess the charms of novelty for both. 

Dance but little. Appear blase, though you 
may not feel so. A fondness for dancing is 
an open confession either that you are detri- 
mentally young, or that you have not been 
deluged with invitations. 

Dance only waltzes. Eschew quadrilles 
and lancers as liable to cost you your dignity 
and entrap you into cutting ridiculous antics. 
Let any excess of emotion be manifested in 
your eyes rather than in your legs. You are 
not wealthy enough to hi able to make an ass 
of yourself with impunity. 

Direct your attention to married belles. It 
lends a possible spice of wickedness to the 
most harmless little man. In this connection 
it would be well to — 

What is that ? You find no pleasure in the 
company of married women ? You love to 
dance? You wish to enjoy yourself? To 
enjoy yourself ! How delightfully naive! My 
dear fellow, people do not go into Society to 
enjoy themselves. They go there that they 
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13 



JIM FORDS HEARTHSTONE 

HENRY BIGELCUY. 

Jim Ford lived 011 the North Fork of the Walhalla 
River when I was in Sonoma County, and his neigh- 
bor was old Gilbert Marshall from the North of 
Ireland. The Lowry ranch, which was my stopping 
place, crowned the top of a big mountain that looked 
out on the ocean and its dense fogs of sun-lit blue> 
and between Jim Ford's place ard the Lowry ranch 
there was an air line distance of a mile. Yet to reach 
there you would have to slide down a precipitous 
side hill of redwoods, and crawl up a dry, grassy 
precipice, for the country is rough thereabouts. 

Jim Ford wasn't popular at the two nearest towns — 
Fisk's Mill and Timber Cove. I couldn't understand 
why, because he was so fond of liquor, and that was 
an excellent recommendation in any logging camp. 

However, there were traditions concerning him 
which I didn't learn for several months after my 
arrival. Nobody would or could say what he had 
done long ago in the 'Sixties when murderers and 
horse-thieves were common, but they hinted at an 
awful crime. It is very difficult to make the 
Missouriaus in Mendocino and northern Sonoma 
County tell all they know. The legends of the coun- 
ties involve so many strange deeds, that the families 
there feel a certain pride in forgetting them. But 
about Ford — on Several occasions this reticence would 
be overcome, and the men sitting arouud the big fire 
in loggers' huts would say that they didn't like the 
look in Jim Ford's eye. nor the stories he told. 

" How long has he lived here ? " I asked one night. 

" I guess thirty years," replied Bill Ham. 

" Oh, he's been here more'n that," put in Bob 
Lowry. " Why, that old uiggur over across in Litchell's 
says he remembers him way back in the 'Fifties." 

" What did he ever kill ? " I asked, filling a pipe. 

" I never kuowed him to kill anything 'cept hog 
an' deer meat," responded Bill Ham, handing me a 
firebrand for a light. 

Every one in the little, smoky, dim-lit room turned 
toward Lowry, and there was a silence for several 
moments, while we all puffed at the pipes and knew 
what was coming. 

At last Lowry said : "I don't know much about 
him, only I first met him down at Charley Hoff's in '63. 
He was stuck on drinking pure alcohol, aud he'd 
come down there for supplies. Charley told me he 
had a woman way up on the mountain that was his 
wife, and he'd brought her clear from Sullivan 
County, Missouri, across the plains. 

" CharleyHofFsaid the woman was just piniugaway 
because she didn't never see nobody and seemed to be 
a lady. He said he knew this, because one night 
Ford was drunk aud said to Charley that he had a 
wife up on the hill that had been raised in St. Louis, 
aud was a real lady. 

"Once and awhile letters used to come to Fisk's 
Mill for Jim Ford, but he'd tear them up without 
openin' them. 1 was down at the postoffice one day 
just about that time, aud got a letter, aud was going 
to read it, when he snatched it up irom the bar where 
I'd put it, and tried to tear it up along with his. 

" 'Just drop that,' I says to him, and then caught 
his neck between my fingers, when be made for his 
six-shooter. 

"I could have killed him, because he was only 
knee high to a cotton plant, and damiieci skinny, but 
I knew he'd made a mistake about the letter, and 
that there wasn't any use in wasting him. 

"Well, after we'd fixed things up, and he'd said he 
felt wrong, I showed him the letter which told about 
two millstones that were coming up from 'Frisco for 
me on the schooner. I was going to start a flour mill 
to take in the wheat arouud Fort Ross. Ford was 
pleasant and said he'd like to go in with me. I said 
Dick Temple was putting up with me, and he 
could have a share. He poured out more of his 
raw alcohol from a bottle, and said he would share 
with us. 

"So, when the two millstones came to Timber 
Cove, and we pulled them up over the shoot, he stood 
in aud brought two mules down that he had, to help 
the horses drag the big millstones up the mountain. 

" Dick Temple aud him and me started to drag up 
one of the stones at ten o'clock in the morning, and 
a big October rain came on by three in the afternoon. 
The trails weren't any better then than they are now, 
and things were pretty slippery going up the side-hill 
with the big stone. I said I guessed we had better 
stop all night in a shake cabin that lay over in the 
Walhalla gulch that some old man had abandoned 
because he couldn't hold his claim. Jim Ford and 
Temple said that was all right, but that I'd better go 
two miles to my place and get some hog meat and 
coffee so we wouldn't go hungry. 

"I set on" in the rain and left Ford and Temple 



with the mules and the two horses dragging up the 
millstone over the trail. 

" When I tried to cross the Walhalla I found the 
rain had risen it in two hours, so that I had to wade 
through waist deep. I climbed up to my cabin 
through the woods as quick as 1 could, and got a 
lantern so I could go back in the dark. It was a wet 
stumble down the mountain, and as I was trying to 
grope through the dead logs and dripping brush I 
had two or three falls, but at last 1 got to the roaring 
creek, aud saw I'd have to swim, aud that with bad 
chances to cross, I decided I'd better wait till day- 
light, because whatever you can say, it ain't safe to 
cross a mountain creek in the dark. I crawled back 
to my cabin, and waited till the morning was gray. 
The rain was still pouring down, but light was all I 
wanted. I got down to the creek, and swam across 
after being rolled for forty rods. I climbed up the 
side hill over the dead trees, aud through the brush 
till I reached the shake cabin, where I'd left the two 
with the millstone. On the way I met one of Ford's 
mules wandering about in the redwoods, wet as a 
soaked log. I caught her, and in a moment or two 
found her mate a little ways on. Then I saw my two 
horses standing outside the shake cabin just perishing 
from the cold rain. Their tackle had got caught in a 
stump aud they couldn't get away. 

" I was hot, aud pushed open the rotten door of the 
cabin. The fire in the little chimney was most dead, 
aud there on the ground lay Jim Ford asleep. I woke 
him up and he said just as cool as if he was frozen: 

" ' Dick Temple's dead.' 

" 'What do you mean?' says I. 

" 'Just what I say — he's dead.' 

" ' Whereabouts ? ' 

" ' Oh, somewhere's down the gulch.' 
" ' Who done it ? ' 

" 'That there millstone broke loose and fell 011 
him.' 

' ' ' You mean it ? ' 

" 'You bet your life, and it got busted, too.' 

" At that I went down the mountain looking for 
Dick Temple, aud found him alongside the millstone ou 
a ledge of rocks that stood out at the bottom of the 
hillside. He was all smashed to pieces, and the mill- 
stone was broken in halves. 

"Jim Ford came down after me and watched me 
while I dragged Temple up hill. He laughed a good 
deal, and said all the time: 

" ' I guess he won't come fooling round my woman 
any more ! ' . 

"At last I got hot aud said he'd better carry 
Temple up the sidehill himself. But he said back 
that he didn't see the use in fooling overa corpse, and 
that I'd have laughed myself if I could have seen 
Dick Temple and the big millstone go over the preci- 
pice together. 

" ' I'm going to take up half of that stone to my 
cabin,' he remarked, when we reached the top with 
Temple's body. 

" ' For what? ' I asked. 

" ' For a hearthstone,' he answered; 'it will make 
my woman up there feel good, and she'll think of 
Temple every time she sees it. Temple used to fool 
round my place all the time, you know. Sometimes 
I'd get tired, and tell him he'd better not stop to 
supper so often, but my woman, she"d then turn 
round aud laugh at me, just like the Devil laughs 
when he's got a new soul down in hell.' 

"'See here,' says I, 'ain't you going to help me 
bury Temple ? ' 

" 'No,' he says, 'just leave him in that cabin to 
rot. I'm hungry, and I'm going over the mountain 
with the rest of that millstone.' 

"Well, I was pretty sick of the way he acted, and, 
getting the two horses, I just left him alone with 
his mules, and took my animals, with Dick Temple's 
remains, clear down to Hauser's Rridge, where I could 
cross the river. 

" We buried Temple in the graveyard on the coast, 
aud that's all we thought of it for three or four years, 
till one day a chair peddler happened by. He's one 
of those that go round the country in the fall selling 
rawhide bottomed chairs. They make them in Pita 
luma and Healdsburg. Well, I hadn't paid no atten- 
tion to Jim Ford or his doings, for all the time since he 
wouldn't help me carry off Dick Temple's remains. 
I didn't think he acted like a neighbor, but then I 
allowed that all the pure alcohol he drank was bad 
for him, aud he couldn't help it. 

" However, this chair peddler came over to my 
place at three o'clock one morning when the first 
frosts were coming on. He hammered on my cabin, 
till I thought there was trouble, and took my Win- 
chester down off the deer's horns. 

" Coming to myself, I realized who was outside and 
let him in. 

" ' Bob Lowry ! ' he says, as I blew on the back log 
to get up a blaze, ' you've got Hell and the Devil 
right across this gulch ! ' 

"' You've been drinking,' says I. 

" ' No,' he says, ' I wish I was drinking, but I ain't 
got the liquor. Only I've been across to Jim Ford's 
cabin, and if he hasn't got a hell of his own, you can 



go over and get three chairs I left him without a 
cent.' 

" 'What did you see ? ' says I, putting on the kettle 
to make hot coffee. 

"' What I saw and heard,' says he, ' is for devils 
to talk about.' 

" ' How's that ? ' 

" ' Why, it's like a dream, man ! I went up the 
mountain by the old Marshall road, on the other side 
of Sitehell's, and reached Ford's cabin just as he 
was milking his cow. He was pretty short to me, 
but he remembered how I'd sold his wife two chairs 
six years ago. When I asked where she was, he said 
she was burning up in the flames of hell. He 
laughed when he said this, just as if he would never 
stop. ' 

" ' I asked him if he would take a chair for the 
night's rest, and he said he didn't care. We had 
beans and coffee, and I rolled up in a blanket over in 
the corner aud left him to sleep in the bunk. I guess 
it was near midnight when I woke up all of a sudden, 
and saw him stirring the fire, and making it blaze up 
with light 'sticks. I didn't say nothing, because I 
thought he was cold. But as the fire got bigger and 
bigger till it lighted the room, I saw him lift up half 
of a big millstone that was there in place of a hearth- 
stone. He heaved it to one side, and reached down 
into a hole and pulled out a lot of white bones. They 
were clean and polished and he smoothed them over 
with his old fingers as he drew them out. Last of all 
came a skull. It was small and was just as clean and 
bright as all the other bones. He spread them out in 
front of the fire aud watched them gleam for a while. 
Now he walked over to where I was lying. He said : 
" You wanted to know where my woman was?" I 
made out that I didn't know what he meant. " Yes, 
you do !" he says. "You asked where my woman 
was to-night ! Well, there she is, aud there she'll 
stay ! She used to get lonesome, and she thought I 
was too cross. She got to having visitors up here 
just to make things pleasant, and I had to stop it — I 
stopped it ai.i,. She always used to say she liked 
things warm and pleasant. Well, she's enjoying 
a warm, pleasant fire under that big millstone 
there ! I wonder what God and the Devil are 
doing with her soul between them! If she was 
in heaven the Devil would steal up there some- 
how to make a call, and if she was in hell ! — 
but you think you'll laugh ! Well, you'll laugh like 
Dick Temple laughed !"and he raised the woman's 
thigh-bone to kill me. I jumped like a cat through 
the door and dashed down the trail. When I had got 
safely into the brush, I could look aud see his cabin 
flare up in a blaze of fire.' 

"We're peaceable up here," concluded Lowry, 
"aud Jim Ford ain't never stole ahorse yet." 



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THE WAVE. 



THE MUMMERS. 

"JUDAH" AT THE CALIFORNIA. 

In his day and generation Mr. Willard 
shows a generosity toward his leading lady 
that is unusual and beautiful. Certainly 
the first part in "Judah" is Vashti Dethie, a 
young woman gifted with the power of mak- 
ing people believe she can cure by laying on 
of hands ; Marie Burroughs essays the role, 
and in places is magnificently abreast of the 
character, and in others lamentably beneath 
it. Mr. Willard has the part of a young cler- 
gyman, and inasmuch as there is no opportu- 
nity for shaking applause from the gallery by 
the resonance of his vok e, jor catching the favor 
of the parquet by the eccentriciti-es of his cos- 
tume, some people will say he is weaker in 
"Judah" than in "The Middleman." I 
have the fortune to number among my nod- 
ders people who regard ranting as an indubi- 
table evidence of histrionic ability, and in their 
hearing the lack of a strident voice is a seri- 
ous defect in one who would win dramatic 
honors. Mr. Willard is an actor so clever 
that he never forgets that his audience is 
within sixteen miles of him. and even when, 
in the character" of a follower of the meek and 
lowly Jesus, who would, doubtless, have told a 
lie to save the woman He loved, hedelibei- 
atelv perjures himself to shield Vashti, he 
does it with a due regard for the acoustic 
properties of the California, and with a suici- 
dal disregard for the feelings of the gallery ; 
he positively refrains from writhing, biting 
his lips, running his hands through his hair, 
or beating into billows of sound the rippling 
air ; for all ol which he is to be praised. 

In my opinion, " The Middleman " is a 
superior play to "Judah;" as a dramatic pro- 
duction it is of more value, as it gives Mr. 
Willard more opportunity of displaying his 
splendid ability as a mummer; it is nearer 
nature, and deals with those things in which 
we have a closer interest, because we have 
known more of them; it touches the life that 
we know, the life that so many live; the 
giving of souls for the body's bread; it deals 
with the men who give their necks to be the 
ladders on which others rise, and furnishes a 
lesson that the dullest may understand. 

There is no startling originality in the plot 
of "Judah;" nor does the main incident, the 
premeditated falsehood of the young preacher, 
cry aloud for recognition because it is new; it 
is as old as the story of love, and has served 
as climax to a dozen scenes. The play, how- 
ever, rises so far above the Revamped and 
Rehashed, that Henry Arthur Jones is 
entitled to ciedit for its composition; it is 
weak only in the inadequacy of the part for a 
man witli the ability of Mr. Willard. I doubt 
that it will win the favor elsewhere that it 
mtut secure here, where Miss Burroughs is 
admired; there will be a disposition on the 
part of some to ask that the star of the com- 
pany shine oftener. That the acting of the 
leading lady is a revelation, no one will deny; 
few believed that she possessed the dramatic 
ability to carry a part of such weight, and by 
her pei formauce she has made many adherents. 
She lacks a necessary qualification to a 
great actress. She has not the power to 
throw self out of the character, and make it 
a creation apart from herself. When one sees 
her walk to the centre of the stage one feels 
like saying : " How de do, Miss Burroughs ? 
A charming evening, isn't it ?" And no great 
occasions, in which "Judah " abounds, serves 
to rob one of the feeling. 

The play affords me the privilege of again 



speaking in praise of the company. Collec- 
tively and individually it is a strong combi 
nation of mummers, in which the weaknesses 
are carefully covered up. Mr. Carleton is a 
careful and conscientious actor, whose versa 
tility is shown to advantage in the two plays 
discussed; Mr. Tyler did excellently well in a 
good part; Mr. Cane was thoroughly artistic, 
and bore off a good share of the honors; 
Miss Craddock hardly fulfills the promise that 
her early appearances gave. Miss Tilbury 
was a capital companion for Mr. Tyler, and 
received the reward of a hearty recall. The 
play will be presented next week, and will 
be the success of the season at the Califor- 
nia. 

The Bush Street Theatre has done splen- 
didly with Daniel Sully in " The Millionaire." 
The comedy is well sustained, and the com- 
pany does some excellent work in the variety- 
way. The play will be continued for another 
week. On January iSth Arthur Forrest and a 
talented company under the direction of A. 
M. Palmer, takes the boards at the Bush in 
Chambers' great play, "Captain Swift." 
Mr. Forrest is a clever actor, and the notices 
he has received in different parts of the 
country show that he gives a satisfactory- 
portrayal of the difficult character. The 
troupe has come straight from New York to 
California. 

" Mr. Wilkinson's Widows," of which I 
spoke at some length last week, will optn at 
the Baldwin on Monday The splendid man- 
ner in which this play is put on, the excel- 
lence of the cast, and the well-known ability 
of the author, insure for theatre-goers a first- 
class comedy entertainment. The sale for the 
first night has been quite large. 



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THE WAVE. 



i5 



PREMIUMS AND POLICIES. 



The preparation of annual statements engrosses the 
insurance fraternity. In the local offices this means 
an enormous amount of work, for every State in the 
Union has to be supplied with a detailed account of 
the year's business. Some of them demand trivial 
particulars, the necessity for which it is quite impos- 
sible to understand, but which necessitate analysis 
and calculations of the most wearisome character. 
However, it is a matter of only once every year and 
the secretaries and clerks have to stand it. So far as 
I can learn the Coast business has been comparatively 
profitable. The loss ratio will average between 40 
and 45 per cent, some offices running away below 
these figures. On the whole, however, in this State, 
the losses have been heavier than last year. Fires 
have b;eu numerous, particularly during December, 
though, of course, there is no comparison to be insti- 
tuted with the terrific depredations wrought in Eastern 
conflagrations. 

The majority of general agents are feeling satisfied 
with the results of their labors. The average profits 
are more than fair and in consequence " contingents " 
will be of comfortable dimensions. This is a most 
agreeable consideration. Annual statements have all 
to be filed by the fifteenth and by that date it will be 
possible to arrive at some of the results which are 
not at present obtainable. 

* * * 

Robert Lewis, Chief Secretary of the Alliance, is in 
town and seems very pleased with the result of his 
deal with the Union. He has been offered an advance 
of over {40,000 on the price the company paid for the 
California Street building. It is rather difficult to 
see what a figure the Union is to cut in the deal inas- 
much as the new policies are issued in the name of 
the Alliance and signed N. T. James, U. S. Manager. 
There is an intimation in small type that the Union co- 
operates in the policy — that is all. I understand the 
Alliance has reinsured the Canadian business of the 
Royal Canadian, another underwriting concern that 
is going out of business. I suppose that the com- 
pany has developed so comprehensive a tendency in 
the line of assimilating insurance corporations that 
it is not reasonable to believe its appetite is yet 
sated. The City of London has decided to with- 
draw from America, maintaining only its Pacific Coast 
agency. This W. J. Callingham has held for some 
years, and though there have been off periods, the 
company's business has kept up very satisfactorily. 
It is decidedly a compliment to Mr. Callingham's 
management that his should b; the only one 
excepted. 



FRESNO HAPPENINGS. 



tess. Will Shep is out of town, spendingthe holi- 
days with his la dy-love. Miss F . When she is Mrs. 

Will, and residing in Fresno, the rest of us girls, who 
have been considered beauties, will have to take a back 

seat, as Miss F is one of the handsomest young 

ladies in the State. Speaking of beauties, I can't 
blame Judge Creighton for going to Kentucky for his 
bride. I am head and ears in love with her myself, 
and she's as pretty as a prize Fresno peach, i sin- 
cerely trust those Kentucky belles who told the Judge 
they were so anxious to visit California, will give 
Fresno a wide berth. If many more of our eligibles 
marry outside of Fresno we girls will be as bad off as 
the Massachusetts maiden. 

"The Devil's Auction " was rather well patronized 
Monday evening. Stony, Frank, Will, in fact, ten 
or twelve of our boys occupied the bald-headed row. 

Willie W and Frank S took Lizzie, Corrine, 

and Mrs. Will H . Lee escorted Ethel N . 

Henry G actually took a lady to the theatre. 

Wonders will never cease. 

I am waiting impatiently to receive the Press Club. 
We girls are nursing the forlorn hope that some of 
these brainy men may find us attractive enough to 
remain permanently in our midst, or else take us 
with them. We are not particular which, so long as 
we get a husband. Anxiously, Imp. 



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Fresno, January 6th. Dear Wave : - What a 
lovely assemblage there was at the Hughes last Fri- 
day evening. It was the prettiest party the club ever 
participated in, and much credit is due Mrs. Crank 
for our good time. All of the young ladies were in 
light colors, but a few wore full evening dress. Lee 
was floor manager and conducted the dances in his 
gracefully fetching manner. Kitty Hughes had 
given a small dinner party in the hotel that evening, 
and some of the girls looked a little tired from their 
efforts during the day, but there were some beauties 
present I assure you. Miss Stadler looked lovely in 
garnet velvet and duchess lace. Kitty was ever so 
sweet in her white cloth gown. Mrs. Prentice, of 
San Francisco, was the centre of attraction and a 
beauty beside whom all others paled into insipidity. 
She wore yellow crepe and diamonds. Rose was as 
bright as ever in red silk. Lizzie wore white, and Tom 
was devoted enough to satisfy the most exacting. 
Mrs. Parker wore an elegant white silk, and her 
handsome husband was the belle of the ball as far 
as "us girls" were concerned. Mrs. Muller was 
sweetly dignified in pale pink silk en train, and chap- 
eroned Esther who wore white silk tulle and couldn't 

keep her eyes off of Phouse. Mabel C , Hallie, 

Marie, and Fannie were charming in light-colored 
gowns. Before I forget it, I want to ask the club 
rig.it here, if members are privileged to invite out- 
siders. I thought that was prohibited the early part 
of this season. The antiquated custom of receiving 
calls and calling New Year's Day was observed by 
quite a number here, several of the young ladies 
called in swell style "all but the chaperon," very 
few of* them considered such a person necessary 
The great and only received on a pedestal at the 

H mansion. I have preserved the glove I wore 

on that occasion in alcohol as I actually shook hands 

with Marcus. Fulton G , W. W , and a num 

ber of other prominent citizens graciously received 
at home. Colonel Trevelyan called on his friends in 
town and was given a hearty American welcome. 

Mrs. Ferguson entertained all those who observed 
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THE WAVE. 



HIS SHATTERED IDOL. 

Any one who had ever seen Fay Mortice- 
shoe as Maria Theresa in the great drama then 
playing at the Vertigo Theatre in London, 
was forced to admit that no one was better 
fitted to fill the royal role of the proud Em- 
press of Austria. 

She was naturally endowed with a magni- 
ficent stage presence, a noble and distin- 
guished profile, and that adaptable imperious 
voice that, in a moment of tenderness, can be 
softened with soothing and caressing inflex- 
ions. The powdered hflir of the period suited 
her admirably, vivifying the large, velvety 
eyes borck red and fringed with long black 
eyelashes, and framed with perfectly penciled 
and sensitive eyebrows. The m inner in 
which the fashion of the eighteenth century 
suited her, with its long-waisted dresses and 
puffed shoulders was simply marvelous. 
In addition, she seemed to comport herself 
with strange ease in the midst of the intrigues 
of that happy epoch; in that world of pre- 
maturely old young men, who never thought of 
what had been except that it had bored them 
— who lived in the future that possibly might 
bring them new sensations. 

In the face of all this it was not, after all, 
so very astonishing that Percy Dremor — the 
American poet and impressionist, who wis 
doing the season in London — shoul I have 
been deeply moved by the apparition of this 
vision winch broke upon him, one evening, at 
the Vertigo Theatre. Krom his stall he fol- 
lowed with his lorgnette every move of Fay — 
or rather, Maria Theresa — drinking in, with 
all the fervor of his poetic soul, the entranc- 
ing grac* of her poses, and the whole" scene 
of which she was, at all times, the natural 
centre. 

With every nerve at a tension, he accom- 
panied her in her ardent struggle with the 
King of Prussia; and his whole being went 
out to her, when, having fled into Hungary, 
she presented herself before the a^s.-mbly of 
nobles, with her son in her arms, and the 
magnates with one voice cried out: 

" Moriamur pro re g ilia, nostra Maria 
Theresa ! ' ' 

During the entr'acte, Percy D.emor, who 
was on fairly intimate terms with the mana- 
ger of the theatre, succeeded in obtaining an 
introduction to the glorious creature that now 
filled up the greater part of his existence. He 
found her surrounded by a crowd of journal- 
ists, actors, and men about town. Fay 
acknowledged the presentation with a gra- 
cious smile tempered with a Maria Theresa 
bow, then Percy sat down and looked and 
worshiped. The dream into which he 
drifted was so deep and so sweet withal, that 
he heard never a word of the coarse jokes and 
vulgar witticisms of the imperial beauty's 
entourage. W-t, although these thi ngs, which 
would have unspeakably shocked him, did 
not reach his ear, Percy Dremor felt, from 
time to time, a series of cold chills and vague 
tremblings run down his spine. His inner 
self heard and resented the vulgarity by 
which his divinity was surrounded. At 
length, as if divining the repulsion he experi- 
enced without knowing it, the artiste said 
apologetically to the poet: 

" I hope you will excuse my friends. They 
are all dotty." 

"Dotty!" Percy shuddered. It seemed to 
him as if his idol had tottered on the edge of 
the pedestal and nearly, though not quite, 
fallen to the ground. From the boxes near 
the pro.-cenium entrance to the stage came the 
sound of ribald humor, vulgar repartee. 
There was an odor in the air, of escaping gas, 



cheap cigarettes, and grease paint. It was 
no place to study such a being as Fay Mor- 
ticeshoe, and Percy realized it. He would 
know her in different surroundings, see her 
when there was nothing to detract from the 
queenly dignity of Maria Theresa. 

" Your majesty," said Percy, bowing and 
speaking with a humility that was far from 
being entirely assumed, " will you permit me 
to offer you my homage, at some future time, 
in your palace ? " 

" Why, of course. The queen will be only 
too happy to entertain a prince of literature; 
only, the palace will be replaced by my apart- 
ments in North Bank, St. Johns' Wood.'' 

The next day in her boudoir, ornamented 
with old tapestry and decorated with the 
most artistic taste, Percy found her just as 
he had pictured her to himself. She was half 
sitting, half reclining on an antique sofa 
covered with a striking upholstery of sapphire 
blue; and there she talked with him in a voice 
of impassioned softness, now melancholy, now 
animated, but always as he would have been 
addressed by the Queen of Au-tria of three 
centuries agone With the instincts of the 
comedienne, she realized that the night before 
something had been lacking. 

She told him so, she said, everything: her 
wretched childhood in Whitechapel where she 
was born; her father's death while she was 
still young; and her mother's hard work to 
bring her up. Then her entry into a school 
of drama, her leaving there with a paper in 
her hands certifying she was a competent 
delineator, and her struggles in provincial 
towns on a small salary, often none at all 
From that her gradual rise in the profession, 
step by step, until she had reached her present 
altitude, that of leading, lady at the Vertigo 
Theatre, playing the role Bf Maria Theresa. 

" When I look back " she said with pride, 
" upon what I started from, I feel I have not 
wasted my time." 

"No, indeed:" responded Percy Dremor; 
kissing the hand she abandoned to him with 
a theatrical gesture. 

She was a strange creature; incomplete, 
full of weird contrasts yet simplicity itself 
where you would expect to find her other- 
wise. She would softly murmur exquisite 
phrases with a voice of richest music, in the 
most faultle-s English, studding her sen- 
tence here and there with some slang or 
cockney expression that produced on Percy's 
aesthetic mind the effect of a spot of grease 
on light-tinted silk. 

In the midst of a highly elevated panegyric 
upon her manner of creating a historic part, 
she cried suddenly : 

Six o'clo.k ! Good gracious! You 
must excuse me if I say good-bye now, I 
must go and grub. 

That evening at the theatre, from his stall, 
he breathed again in her atmosphere of 
Maria T/wresa, of Aus'ria, and the next day; 
presented himself once more in North Hank. 
He found the actress in a decidedly bad i 
humor. 

"Just think of it ! " she said. "I was 
never so unfortunate in all my life. I went 
to the races this morning, and lost on every 
horse I backed. Fifty pounds altogether. It 
is not much, of course; but there are times 
when the want of a small sum like that is 
very embarrassing," 

Percy Dremor's first impulse was to to take- 
out his pocket-book and offer to repair the 
disaster. But how could this haughty crea- 
ture accept fifty pounds offered in that brutal 
way, from hand to hand ? He did not know 
her well enough to take such a liberty; a 
liberty that might freeze up, at once and for- 
ever in its birth, the romance that had com- 



menced so well. He left full of the idea of 
conceiving some pretext of performing this 
delicate piece of work. After dinner he 
searched all through Regent Street and Pic- 
cadilly for a card case worthy the Empress of 
Austria. In addition he happened to discover 
a little miniature of Maria Theresa. This and 
five ten-pound notes, he put in the case. 
Suddenly an idea occurred to him; sitting 
down he commenced, with the same pen that 
had written his " Gems of Poesy," he set to 
work on the composition of verse. In his 
poetry he invented the ingenious fiction that 
the jockeys of the losing horses, overcome 
with remorse at h iving been the cause of the 
loss of the beauteous Fay's money, had 
determined to reimburse her. About three 
o'clock in the morning he finished the last 
stanza. 

The following day, on awakening. Fay 
Morticeshoe received the card case containing 
the fifty pounds in its dainty cover. 

In the evening, at five o'clock, Percy 
Dremor, following what had now become a 
custom with him, presented himself at Fay's 
abode. During the whole of the visit she 
said not a word of the gift until, as he was 
going, she cried suddenly at the door : 

" By the way, you must be crazy." 

" How so ? " 

"That jockey business, restoring me my 
money. I think that was very silly. You 
might have known I had not been to the 

races. ' ' 

The poet and impressionist looked at her 
with a melancholy expression; then replied, 
sighing, " Margharita ante porcos." 

" What is that you say ? " 

" A phrase that probably would have been 
understood by Maria 'Theresa, but to Fay 
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Dear Wave: — " From oue extreme to the other " 
is the rule, and the past week has demonstrated that 
in social matters we are no exception, for after our 
holiday gayeties we have had a season of intolerable 
dullness, with only the memory of former pleasures 
to lighten the gloom; a kind of social dry-rot has set 
in. Depressing, I assure you, but hope, that "springs 
eternal,' suggests that next week will be gayer — 
" devoutly to be wished." One reason of our dull- 
ness has been the preseuce of the dreadful enemy, La 
Grippe. It has prostrated belles and beaux, as well as 
grand sires and infants. 

We have all been anxious about the condition of 

Mr. A d, because, with all his money, he is just 

the nicest little man in town. Clever, but modest, he 
encourages brilliancv- in others and befriends the 
friendless. The Art Institute has missed him. 

Speaking of the Institute, isn't it strange that it 
takes so long to discover home talent? We go into 
raptures over the latest importation, but fail to see 
what is under our eyes all the time. 

Here is charming Miss Lusson doing such work in 
the Art School that if done in your city, in Chicago, or 
New York would make her noted. She has genius, 
and what is still better, perseverance. She inherited 
the genius from an artist uncle — a true Bohemian; but 
she is a type of elegant young womanhood. It is 
almost a pity she isn't poor, for then she would sell 
her pictures. 

Then there is another artist here who was com- 
pletely overlooked by all who pretended to paint 
until the other day. Mrs. Frackletou, the acknowl- 
edged authority in art, discovered her, and, with her 
usual good nature, bestowed such just and generous 
praise that the heart of the struggling girl must have 
glowed like a Christmas fire; and now we all see her 
merit, and we are proud of her. But didn't "The 
Rambler " bring tears to some eyes when he spoke of 
her and told that pathetic story in his inimitable 
way ? 

Two or three days of yellow sunshine made the 
roads tolerable for equestrians, and it was a pleasure 
to see Miss Grace Spencer on her fine horse. She 
sits well in the saddle, and her fine figure appears to 
advantage in a habit. It is rumored that next summer 
will find her in Europe — not entirely for pleasure, but 
for study. I believe she purposes cultivating her 
voice under the best masters. 

Santa C (good old fellow) brought Mrs. B. 

Murphy a fine new carriage. Though she was well 
supplied, this will probably not be superfluous. 

Let no one envy Mrs. M any of her pleasures, 

for, if the gods have been liberal to her, she has been 
generous to the less favored. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ward W will soon occupy their 

beautiful home on First Street. Later, I may tell 
you about it, at present all I can say is, that it is 
perfect in all its appointments, and that a beautiful 
mistress will preside and a generous host extend 
kindly courtesies. 

Dr. Thorne was in town the other day and though 
we have a little spite against you for taking him 
from us, we forgive you when we see how well you 
have treated him. He looks younger than ever. 

One of your correspondents asks the question : 
"Will old age find us lovely?" Not all of us. 
Some of us were born ugly, some of us grow ugly, 
but if she will pay us a visit, I will show her some 
specimens of loveliness verging upon old age. 
Almost any sunny day you can see beautiful Mrs. 

K d walking for exercise. Rather small, "hair 

white as snow," no exaggeration, sparkling black 
eyes brimful of kindness, she is as fair a picture as 

one need wish to see. Then there is Mrs. D who 

drives in her pony phaeton, looking as though life 
and she were the best of friends. Years have 
touched her spirit so lightly that it seems hard 
to believe she is any older now than she 
was a decade since. Her wit is as keen, her smile as 
bright, and her manner as winning as when her 
" crown of glory " was ebon-hued. Not old, but 

growing older is Mrs. E. O. S h, and the charm 

her whitening hair lends her expressive face, is 
indescribable. Here, as we grow old we improve, 
like our wines. 

It is almost a pity that new club, "The 
Ramona " was formed. The poor little things 
are too young to be out so late unprotected. 
Instead of putting on these airs of young ladyhood 
they ought to be hugging their dear dollies, and then 
be cuddled off in their little beds, good and early. 
They won't be lovely when they're old. Oh ! no. 

The Zawpa is losing ground. Too few chaperons, 
and careful mammas don't like to send their girls 
there. 

We still have some interest in the fate of " Frag- 
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Oakland, January 6th. Dear Wave:— Wasn't it 
most lortunate that I gave Billy Bond to Ruby the 
evening of the " Ladies' Chirps ? " That night sealed 
my doom, as well as that of all the other sorrowing 
damsels who are in love with him, only the shock 
was over at that time for me, and the others are now 
suffering, as they thought " he was only flirting with 
that San Francisco girl." It seems, however, that 
Cupid was in earnest, and we wish Billy all happiness 
with "his Ruby," only we think that she, with all 
her city admirers, might have left him for one of us. 
It is almost a confirmed fact that another young and 
popular business manager of another paper is soon to 
wed, but I dare not as yet betray the happy couple. 

Isu't it too mean for anything that that grim 
monster, la grippe, has taken possession of me, and it 
will be impossible for me to attend the wedding of 
Agues Hamilton and Clarence Gray at noon to-day. 
It is an event that I have looked forward to for a long 
time, as Agues is one of my favorites. She is the 
brightest girl in Oakland Society and Clarence can 
consider himself a lucky man to have won her. She is 
the sister of popular Ned Hamilton, so it is not strange 
that she is brilliant. They come of a talented family, 
their father having been one of the finest men that 
Oakland ever had. 

Society has beeu at a dead stand still — whether 
because of la grippe or because of the holidays is more 
than I can tell. If there is to be any life previous to 
Lent we had better be up and doing. The departure 
of the Goodalls and Knowles closed two hospitable 
mansions. They are having a glorious time en route. 
On Jit that Lester and Frank have beeu desolate since 
Ella left. 

There were several small affairs on New Year's 
Eve, but all the bright men were at the Athenian 
Club, hence the evenings were failures, for it would 
be false to insiuuate that the girls were happy with 
only the society of "broilers" and boys. Tom says 
that the " chirps " was the most successful one ever 
given, and that Ned Hamilton out-did himself, but he 
did look too fuuuy for anything in a priest's robe and 
a little red hat. His tribute to the memory of Henry 
Aveling and Alfred J. Share brought tears to the 
eyes of all present. Judge Henshaw's contribution 
was as usual au fait. Signnmd litel never played bet- 
ter, nor did our "Prince of Song,'' manly Hairy 
Melvin, ever sing better. I do iusist that he cease 
telling that little story about the " Italian Opera." If 
Tom continues telling about it, I will soou be able to 
give it to you, dear Wave; the little that I have 
managed to grasp is more than shocking. It is 
almost impossible to believe that Harry could tell 
such stories. It is my opinion that the "chirps" 
would have been more recherche had they closed at 
midnight, instead of keeping up until broad day- 
light, when they all retired and awoke later in the 
day to partake of a swell dejeuner, presided over by 
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than Cleve, who, Tom says, has a " wonderful 
appetite." 

Duke Bertie Braytoti was given an elaborate dinner 
in Chicago the other day. He is more appreciated iu 
foreign parts than home — why I cannot imagine. 
He is always kind to every one, but oh ! such a dude. 

The failure of one of our aristocrats is on the tapis, 
and a scandal iu high life will come to light in the 
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"THE WAVE'S" PORTRAIT ALBUM. 

T. J. Keenan and Charles W. Price, respectively 
President and Secretary of the International League 
of Press Clubs, are journalists of ability and repute. 
Mr. Keenan is editor and part proprietor of the 
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SPLASHES. 

The matrimonial problem in San Fran- 
cisco begins to assume an aspect more serious 
than the majority of parents care to realize. 
The fact is, the supply of eligible men is far 
below the demand. Most of our youthful mil- 
lionaires have taken wives unto themselves. 
Others have announced their choice. For the 
slender minority still available, the competi- 
tion is keen — undesirably so. Once disposed 
of, the question will then assume paramount 
importance — " What can we do with our 
girls? " Glance over the membership of the 
"Friday Night Club, " the most fashionable 
organization in town, composed of the crime 
de la crane of Society, and count the number 
of marriageable young men. At the Leap 
Year cotillion on last Friday evening, I 
counted one hundred girls — many of them 
heiresses — a few beauties — nearly all up to 
the average of San Francisco good looks, 
fairly intelligent, entertaining, desirable as 
women in this favored clime can be, the 
majority fascinating enough to make most 
men good wives. 

Of one hundred men — partners or lookers- 
on — there were at least twenty who could 
marry if they wanted to — who might be re- 



garded as matches. In this handful are a 
few prizes — half a dozen eminently eligible, 
whose wives will enjoy all the luxury that 
immense wealth can give; but for years they 
have been available. Against the fiercest 
attacks of Cupid's arrows they appear im- 
pregnable. They may die bachelors. But, 
the eighty maidens who, if this select band 
were to capitulate to a score of their most 
fascinating sisters, would be left lamenting, 
what are they to do ? Die old maids? Wait 
for the ineligibles to experience prosperity ? 
Bestow themselves on Eastern men ? Or what? 

* * * 

Perhaps it is in the power of a few of these 
maidens' parents to relieve the sombre aspect 
of this most serious situation. Out of the 
plentitude of their own resources, can they 
not dower their daughters ? Let them insist 
on worth, rather than on wealth, as the char- 
acteristic most desirable in sons-in-law. The 
difficulty is not that of finding husbands — it 
is the struggle for existence — the detestation 
that men with the faculty of seeing values 
have of parting with their acquirements. 
Once have it understood that certain members 
of this virginal band can assist in maintaining 
a double menage, and I will warrant the 
announcement of a score of engagements 
before Lent, and more to follow ere Easter. 

* * * 

One might reasonably ask the wherefore of 
so many heiresses remaining ungarnered, 
wasting their sweetness, and merely accumu- 
lating dividends and years. Perhaps because 
the right man has not occurred ; perhaps 
because their ideal of male desirability is a 
trifle too high for any mere San Franciscan to 
attain. Down at Del Monte, last season, the 
only daughter of a wealthy mining man and 
cattle king was speaking of marriage to a cir- 
cle of maidens on the veranda. She belongs 
to the type that people of optimistic tenden- 
cies, for lack of close descriptive dexterity, 
describe as "sweet." "Such a sweet girl, 
you know. ' ' Undoubtedly a very nice, deserv- 
ing young person, singularly lacking in vital 
interest or accomplishments. 

* * * 

" I am particular," she said, after listening 
to the dissertations of her friends. "The 
man I marry must be good. He must be 
clever. He must, of course, be rich, so that 
no one can say he married me for my money. 
And he—" 

"My dear," interrupted a dowager who 
was seated just behind the heiress, " Heaven 
is your home." 

* * * 

Nor are the heiresses alone exacting. A 
prominent young millionaire who has a repu- 



tation for mentality highly colored by his 
financial responsibility, was discussing with 
a bright, though penniless, maiden the quali- 
ties lie required in a wife. 

"She must be brilliant," he said, "fori 
tire very quickly of ordinary women, an.l. of 
course, she must be beautiful. She must 
know how to entertain so as to preside grace- 
fully over my household. She must be 
musical, because I am rather fond of singing. 
She must have sufficient money, so it cannot 
be said she is marrying me for mine." 

* * * 

"Only an exceptional widow, considerably 
over forty, or the swellest of Society girls, 
who has enjoyed all the advantages, could 
possibly meet your requirements," said his 
listener. "If the. girl was adequately beau- 
tiful and brilliant, she would probably be dis- 
criminating and refuse you. If there existed 
a widow who came within an ace of your 
ideal, she would be snapped up months before 
you appreciated her. So I am afraid, Mr. 
Soandso, you will have to remain a bachelor." 

* * * 

Owing to recent rains, work on C'z Owl's 
Nest has been abandoned, to be resumed, 
Mr. Brittain tells me, early in the spring. Stone 
for the foundation and copings is being cut 
from a quarry on the property, and an ample 
supply will be in readiness for the contractor 
when the ground is in fit condition for haul- 
ing. The latest step taken by the Board of 
Directors is the filing of letters of incorpora- 
tion in Sacramento. I am assured these are 
of the most cast-iron character, drawn up with 
the utmost precautions. Then will follow 
the issuance of bonds, and in the early 
autumn, at the latest, I anticipate assisting at 
the inauguration of the new institution. 
Once the building is erected there will be so 
many applications for membership that the 
managers will find it difficult to maintain the 
bohemian characteristic of the institution, but 
as this it is that will give the Owl's Nest its 
especial charm, no chances should be taken. 

The Olympic Club's new building is now 
several degrees above the sidewalk, and it will 
not be long before some idea of its proportions 
will be obtainable. The combination of the 
red brick and the orange tones of the sand- 
stone is more agreeable than it sounds, and 
my impression is that the clubhouse will, 
exteriorly at least, far surpass the Concordia 
— not that it would even then be a thing of 
beauty. The Directors anticipate that within 
nine mouths the structure will be ready for 
the upholsterers. There can be no question 
but that the leading feature of the new build- 
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One may realize its size in comparison with 
that of the Piedmont baths, the dimensions of 
which are 70 by 120 feet. 

On Monday evening next, the Supervisors 
will grant the Club a franchise permitting the 
erection of pumping works at the Cliff, and 
the laying of a pipe line to the building. It 
is calculated to pump 6,000,000 gallons per 
day, which will give a pressure at the point of 
discharge *of about nine horse-power. This 
it is proposed to utilize to keep the water in 
constant circulation. According to the rule in 
vogue at all bathing establishments, a tern 
perature of seventy -two degrees will be main- 
tained. Just now there is being sunk on the 
grounds a well, by means of which an inde- 
pendent supply of fresh water will be 
obtained. 

* ♦ ♦ 

The Leap Year cotillion was a brilliant 
success. To describe it as the event of the 
season would do it scant justice, as the season 
has been singularly lacking even in episodes. 
It was a tour de force. Incredible as it may 
seem, anticipations were realized. As Society 
has talked of little else since November, that 
says everything. At other periods in their 
existence isolated girls may have looked more 
beautiful than on Friday night, but no one 
seems able to remember. The powdered 
coiffures, the Pompadour costumes, set off to 
admirable advantags the beauty of the belles, 
the charms of the others. I should prefer to 
leave for seme pen more skilled than my own 
a description of the gowns. As a rule, Cali- 
fornians are averse to making any great effort. 
There is a certain standard that is conformed 
to — quite the reverse of the one which East- 
erners insist on regarding as Far Western. Its 
sins are neither garishness nor over elabora- 
tion. 

* * * 

However, precedents were departed from. 
The costumes were splendid. Nearly all the 
girls wore new dresses — the chaperons, too. 
The display of jewelry was very fine — quite 
out of the ordinary. Of the decorations there 
is nothing left to say. Odd Fellows' Hall was 
never so artistically adorned. The combina- 
tion of colors and foliage made a most admira- 
ble setting for the brilliant gathering on the 
snowy floor. One might go into verbal ecsta- 
sies over the harmonious arrangement of the 
delicate pink, blue, and white draperies, and 
describe, in a series of paragraphs, the exqui- 
site effect of the lamps and lanterns shedding 
a subdued light among the palms, ferns, and 
magnolias that filled the stage, or depict the 
kaleidoscopic effect of the figures formed 
under the calcium light. But it has all been 
done by the dailies. 

* * * 

Miss Emily Hager led admirably with rare 
discretion. She marshaled her Terpsichorean 
hosts, led them in and out, and directed all 
movements most tastefully. That was to be 
expected, however. She wore a costume 
copied from one of Ada Rehan's as Lady 
Teazle in the " School for Scandal." Among 
others who appeared to striking advantage 



were Mrs. Spreckels, who was superb in a 
yellow brocade, Mrs. Perry Syre, Mrs. Lyman, 
Mrs. Belle Donahue, Mrs. Dr. Wood. Among 
the girls Miss Wallace, Miss Ames, Miss Kate 
Voorhies, Miss Jolliffe, Miss May Dimond, 
Miss Huffminn, aud Miss McKee were 
the belles. Others who looked very well 
were Miss Sperry, Miss Hope Ellis, Miss 
Hillyer, Miss McNutt, Miss Perrin, Miss 
Simpkins, Miss Edna Robinson. One might 
easily prolong the list. 

* * * 

So far as the men were concerned, it can- 
not be said that powder adds materially to 
their appearance. Those whose hair happens 
to be violently red, and with whiskers to 
match, took advantage of the occasion to 
tone down the glamor of their complexions. 
A few of the prononnced brunettes, too, were 
improved by the infliction. There were other 
gentlemen who had permitted their mammas 
to inflict the flour, and they had it in cakes. 
Only one mm had the courage to display a 
wig, and he shed it after an inspection of him- 
self in a mirror. I think a special service of 
congratulatory praise is due to Mr. Greenway 
for the success of this cotillion. He certaiuly 
exhausted every effort to make it successful. 
He succeeded. 

Miss Hager gave a small dance last even- 
ing in honor of Miss Childs, of Los Angeles, 
who is her guest. The Hager residence is 
one of the most artistically furnished in town 
and is particularly adapted for entertaining in. 
Next month Mrs. Hager will give a ball to 
which a large number of invitations will be 
sent out. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Bothin gave 
a dinner 011 Thursday evening at their 
residence, Van Ness Avenue and Jackson 
Street, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. 
Spreckels. On the same evening Mrs. Peter 
Donahue gave a dinner at her residence, 
Bryant Street. On Wednesday evening a 
very pleasant cobweb party was given by 
Miss Scott, at her home, 2105 Pine Street. A 
great deal of fun was had disentangling the 
webs of ribbon, and a prize awarded the 
exertions of the first man who succeeded in 
discovering the termination of his particular 
strand. Miss Scott was assisted in receiving 
and entertaining her guests by Miss Mercado 

* * * 

The Misses Voorhies gave a theatre party 
on Saturday evening last, at the California 
Theatre, followed by a supper at their resi- 
dence. Mrs. Holloway gave a theatre party 
at the Baldwin on Monday night. Several 
theatre parties have been arranged for next 
Monday evening. For Wednesday next the 
Mystic Shriners have taken 300 seats in the 
orchestra and dress circle of the Baldwin, and 
the Sir Knights will wear their caps and 
jewels. It should prove quite an event. 

* * * 

That staid, conservative institution, the 
Cosmos Club, does not as a rule indulge in 

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anything so hilarious as a "jinks." Itleaves 
such festivities to the Borehemian institution 
on Post Street. However, it is a captious 
rule to which no exception can be made, and 
by way of proving the Club possessed of men- 
tality, the opening of the new grillrooms was 
thus celebrated. Lieutenant Runcie was an 
admirable "Sire." He aptly introduced the 
speakers, and made a clever talk himself. Of 
course, Dr. Beverley Cole orated, aud Claude 
Terry Hamilton, the Cosmos' President, 
delivered himself of a commentary on recent 
events and the Club's progress. These were 
the serious features. Then came an imitation 
Macaroni band, grotesquely costumed, led by 
Mr. Judd, Mr. O'Sullivan, and Mr. Bosqui. 
They blew through huge paper trumpets fur- 
nished with bazoos, and succeeded in making 
a most unearthly row. 

* * * 

Altogether, the "jinks" went off most sat- 
isfactorily. Every one had an excellent time, 
and I should not be surprised to hear that the 
Cosmos was going to do it again. By the 
way, the grand ball, so often promised, is 
really to come off early in February. The 
Directors, I am told, have agreed that the ful- 
fillment of their pledges cannot longer be 
deferred, and at their next meeting committees 
will be appointed and the date fixed. It seems 
like a decade since the Cosmos gave its other 
ball. 

* * * 

By the way, there is considerable curiosity 
among Borehemians interested in baseball to 
learn when the Pacific-Union team intends 
giving that dinner. It was currently under- 
stood that the winners should treat the losers 
to the swellest banquet the chef of either 
institution could prepare. So far as this par- 
ticular repast is concerned, the vanquished 
nine continues hungry. One can understand 
the death of a prominent member postponing 
festivities for a day or two, or even a week, but 
that is all the grace the wearers of the blue 
should ask. By all means, let the dinner 
prevail 

* * * 

The San Francisco Verein is to give a chil- 
dren's costume ball on the evening of the 31st. 
It should prove a very interesting affair. The 
juvenile end of the festivity will terminate at 
midnight, and after that children of larger 
growth will trip the light fantastic until the 
" wee sma' hours." 

* * * 

A new club, to be called the Thursday Night 
Bowling Club, is to be organized up at the 
Concordia. The Friday Night Club which 
consists of twenty-two members, has become 
so very popular that it is believed a second 
would be equally so. The moving spirits are 
Miss Guggenhime, Miss Fenchtwanger, Miss 
Carrie Heller, and Miss Brandenstein. Mem- 
bership is limited to sixteen men and sixteen 
girls, aud the list is already very nearly filled. 
Meetings are to take place once a fortnight. 
There is even talk of forming still another — 
the Monday Evening Club. 

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Night Bowling Club," a good deal of atten- 
tion has been directed by reason of the very 
original theatre party given by it last week. 
This was a veritable leap year affair — the 
girls calling for the men, providing the 
tickets and the supper, even paying car fare. 
This organization meets every Friday evening 
in the club bowling alley and plays nine pins. 
The gatherings are very informal and very 
pleasant. There was some talk of a uniform 
for the girls, but this was abandoned — at 
least, the only attempt in that direction was 
made by Miss Ettinger, who appears in a cos- 
tume deeply red in hue. After the game 
there is a supper served in the same room, 
over which the members discuss current 
events for the space of an hour or so. Some 
of the bowlers are becoming quite efficient. 
Among the maidens, Miss Wangenheim is 
the most efficient. 

* * * 

There died at San Jose, a few days ago, at 
a ripe old age, the widow of the late Dr. 
Spencer. She was a kindly woman, benig- 
nant of aspect, and ready to do those of her 
fellow-creatures in trouble a kindly turn. 
But of late years her health has been feeble, 
and at rare intervals has she stirred outside 
the gate of her little home. Her death 
reminds me of the one strange episode in her 
life — an episode that might form the plot of a 
psychological novel. In the medical profes- 
sion at San Jose, over a decade and a half 
ago, no one stood higher than Dr. Spencer. 
He was skillful, sympathetic — he had a large 
clientele, and in the years of his practice had 
amassed a large fortune. Of eminent respect- 
ability, his reputation was unimpeachable. 

* * * 

He had been twice married. By his first 
wife Dr. Spencer had a son — the well-known 
San Jose jurist mentioned for the vacant Cir- 
cuit Judgeship — Judge Spencer. She who 
has just died was his second. For years they 
lived happily together, a quiet existence, 
during which he first knew prosperity. 
Apparently a more devoted couple never 
lived. Yet, how trivial an episode will some- 
times turn the current of a man's life. There 
came to San Jose a brisk, buxom, vigorous, 
young woman, who took service in the house 
of a rich family. Sent out one night to find a 
physician, she met Dr. Spencer, then a man 
close on sixty years of age. She fascinated 
him. For her, this cynical, old medico con- 
ceived a love bordering on frenzy — he estab- 
lished her in apartments and lived openly 
with her. It was no passing fancy. This 
strange passion seemed to transform him. 
He forgot his home, his wife, his son, his 
reputation — let everything go — all for this 
girl. There arose a great scandal. For the 
deserted wife there was the deepest sympathy. 
The son sided with his mother. 

For a divorce she refused to apply. Despite 
his desertion her love for the Doctor never 
varied,, Then he, petitioned the courts for a 



separation. Judge Spencer appeared for her 
in person, and with so much eloquence pleaded 
her cause, that though a divorce was granted 
she received half of his property. A few days 
later Dr. Spencer married his charmer, gave 
up practicing, and took his bride to Europe. 
On his return they lived in San Jose. ' There 
is a climax to this story. The Doctor becom- 
ing involved in a lawsuit, deeded his property 
to his wife. After the difficulty was smoothed 
over, she refused to restore it to him. It 
was a terrible blow; it shattered him. He 
died soon afterwards. She, very naturally, 
married another man. Where she lives 
now I do not know. There was nothing in 
the life of this man to denote a capacity for 
passion so earnest, so unreasonable as he 
developed for this girl. She was vulgar, she 
had a fiery temper, she was ignorant — she 
had nothing but her beauty. And his 
standing and character were unimpeachable, 
yet he succumbed, and the current of his 
entire life changed. 

* * * 

The love of gambling is deeply implanted 
in this community. Though one hears lit- 
tle or nothing of fortuues won or lost now-a- 
days over cards, still the town is full of poker 
games, and the daily exchange of coin repre- 
sents no mean amount. But it is about lot- 
tery tickets I want to speak. There has 
arisen a feminine craze for their purchase. In 
Society and out, nearly every one buys them, 
and at the big boarding-houses extra copies of 
the evening papers containing the drawings 
are more eagerly purchased than on the street 
corners. In the big hotels the supply is 
generally in the hands of a waiter or one of 
the clerks, who has to be convinced of the reli- 
ability of intending customers before he will 
consent to serve them. 

* * * 

Lottery stories, the numbers of tickets and 
the success of Mrs. Jones or Miss Brown are 
a fruitful topic of conversation. The approx- 
imation lists are eagerly scanned, and in the 
big boarding-houses it is quite pleasant to 
see the ladies gathered in sympathetic groups 
after the monthly drawings. Those who are 
not happily situated in any of the noted cara- 
vansaries buy their tickets from vegetable 
men or peddlers. In one of the swellest dry 
goods houses on Kearny Street is a clerk who 
drives quite a trade in coupons. Apparently 
the most popular salesman in the store, it is 
really amusing to see handsomely-dressed 
ladies awaiting their turn to be served by 
him. 

Of course, it does not do to be blunt. One 
must approach him and ask for some striped 
calico or something, and when he deferentially 
bends forward to exhibit the pattern you 
whisper your quest in his ear, and forth- 
with you are supplied. That -is, of course, if 
he knows you, or that you have the card of one 

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of his patrons. He feels he cannot, must not, 
take chances. The penalties are severe for 
those who are discovered. Being averse, 
under any circumstance, to inculcating morals, 
I will permit my readers to draw their own 
deductions, mentioning merely a hope that 
some one of them may one day win a capital 
prize. Their perseverance should have some 
reward. 

* * * 

A certain city editor whose interest in 
sports and sporting is very lively, and who is 
willing to put up money on his judgment, 
backed San Francisco against the Northwest 
in the recent baseball contest. He assigned 
to report the game his liveliest writer, and 
dispatched him with the admonition : 

" Give her a column, Jake; it's worth 
it." 

The reporter hied himself to Haight Street, 
sat through the performance, covered pages 
with picturesque paragraphs and striking 
phrases. He intended his " story " to be a 
good one. Returning to the editorial rooms 
he was summoned before his chief who was 
all agog to learn the result. 

" Well, who won ? " he inquired gruffly. 

" Northwest " responded the scribe. 

"Why didn't you bust the game — well, 
give it eight lines." 

* * * 

The latest Society story is told on a lawyt r 
person very ambitious to appear "in the 
swim," who has recently come up here from 
Southern California. An unparalleled bore, 
almost without redeeming features, he is yet 
so zealous to succeed that I presume he wil 
eventually be accepted with open arms by our 
first families. At one of the houses where he 
had been made rather welcome, he appeared a 
few Sundays ago. The paterfamilias, among 
other investments, is concerned in a large 
coal business to which, indeed, he devotes a 
good deal of his attention. He was sur- 
rounded by a number of friends; in anotLer 
part of the parlor his wife and daughter weic 
entertaining callers. 

" Pray don't disturb yourself," he said to 
papa, who had risen to welcome him. " I 
have not a moment to stop." 

" You must not run away like this, Mr. 
Soandso. Pray, stay awhile," mamma and 
daughter were quite solicitous. 

" I only wanted," he said bending confi- 
dentially over toward papa, and reducing 
his voice to a stage whisper, ' ' I only wanted to 
ask you to send half a ton of coal up to my 
place to-morrow." 

And yet there are people who turn up their 
noses at " idiot friends." 

* * * 

Andrew Jackson Clunie, brother of Gen- 
eral Tom Clunie, the mercurial young man 
who, it will be remembered, arose in the 
Democratic County Committee a few days ago 
and gave Fire Commissioners Fisher Ann ;a 
and Maurice Schmidt, a stinging body blow, 
is evidently a dangerous person to talk to. 



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If the story is true that the papers print 
about his conversation with ex-Senator John 
Boggs and its results, I should, in future, 
advise all citizens who converse with 
Mr. Clunie to do so with a phonograph, 
so that not only the words but the tone 
and expression of the remarks may he repro- 
duced. 

* * * 

It seems that Clunie had just started out 
with George Fay lor to make the twenty- 
four State Senators, who composed the Com- 
bine of the last session, yield their "stuff," 
when he met Boggs in the Palace Hotel. 
The little Senator wanted to see the Combine 
" turned up," as he elegantly expressed it, 
and, as Clunie talked about throwing up the 
case, he said to him, " Don't do that, Andy. 

Give 'em , and I'll present you with the 

best suit of clothes and overcoat the town can 
produce." Andy went on with the case, not 
because Boggs had made this promise, but 
because he hoped that the Boodle Senators 
would settle with Faylor; and when he had 
meted out considerable brimstone to the states- 
men, his hopes having failed, he called on 
Boggs for the suit and overcoat. 

* * * 

The Senator from Colusa, however, did not 
respond as he should have done. " It is true," 
he said, " that I promised And)- the things if 

he would give the Senators , but it was a 

joke. He has not, in my opinion, given 

them enough." So Clunie sued him, 

and I observe by the papers that Justice of 
the Peace Low gave a judgment for $140. I 
heartily endorse this verdict. I do not think 
any man should come down here and intro- 
duce the Colusa County idea of the infernal 
regions into the Courts of San Francisco. 
Our ideas on that subject are good enough. 
According to the lqpal view, Mr. Clunie gave 
the Boodle Senator smore than the con- 
tract called for, involving as it did a consider- 
ation of but $140, and I am pleased to know 
that the Colusa idea of what constitutes suffi- 
cient for selling one's vote in the Legis- 
lature is not going to prevail in Judge Low's 
Court. Judge Low is a man of years, and a 
lawyer of ability, and he can be trusted to 
ascertain when sufficient brimstone has been 
meted out in any given case. 

* * * 

But, speaking of Senator Boggs, I feel like 
extending him my sympathy — not because he 
came down here and fell into the hands of 
Mr. Clunie, although that in itself is rather 
hard, but for his sufferings at the hands of 
the Combine. For six years — ever since, in- 
deed, the people of Willows, Colusa County, 
took it into their heads to create the county of 
Glenn, Boggs' life has literally been a burden. 
He has a large ranch near Princeton, and for 
a quarter of a century has been the practical 
boss of Colusa. He has represented her in 
the Legislature, the State Agricultural Soci- 
ety, and in Democratic conventions, until it 
was believed that Boggs and Colusa were con- 
vertible terms, meaning one and the same 
thing. Six years ago the son of Dr. Glenn. 



who at one time was also a Colusa County 
prophet, began the agitation of a scheme to 
make a new county and call it after them- 
selves. In his imagination Boggs at once saw 
his bank at Colusa and his ranch at Prince- 
ton dwindle into insignificance, and he began 
to fight desperately. He raised a sack and 
elected himself Senator. The first time he 
had no difficulty in defeating the bill to divide 
Colusa, but two years afterward the game was 
not so easy. The Glennites raised $30,000 
and swooped down on the Legislature. Boggs 
traded his vote, promised his influence, 
cursed and swore and stormed without avail. 
The Glennites not only passed the bill 
through both houses; they ran the county 
line through Boggs' ranch and cut him in two. 

* * * 

But Boggs was too much for them when 
the bill got into the Governor's office. The 
erratic Waterman then had charge of the Helm 
of State, and Boggs had no trouble in convinc- 
ing him that the bill was an infamous one. 
It was vetoed'after both houses had adjourned, 
and the Glennites retired from the field routed 
and discomfited. At the last session the fight 
was renewed, but the situation was changed. 
It was then a mere question of boodle. Influ- 
ence, party "pull," argument, expediency — 
none of these things went for a cent. The 
question with the twenty-four corrupt rascals 
in the Senate and the fifty-three petty larce- 
nists in the Assembly was pure and simple — 
how much money was there behind the antag- 
onists ? It was soon plain to Boggs that he 
had no hope of preventing the passage of the 
Glenn County Division Bill in the AssemMy, 
and he turned his attention to the Senate. 

* * * 

There he found Dan Burns to be the boss. 
Faylor says that when the Glenn County 
question began to be discussed, Dan said to 
him, " George, I am not going to dicker with 
these fellows very long. Some of the hold- 
over Senators have made records in favor of 
the Glenn people, and they prefer to vote for 
the bill if it is agreeable to us. So I am 
going to take the money of the divisionists, if 
they come anywhere near Boggs' pile." 

George repeated this remark to a confiden- 
tial friend, and this friend made haste to 
repeat it to Burke Kelley, who headed the 
Glenn County lobby. Kelley telegraphed to 
Willows for instructions. "Offer twenty 
thousand as a starter," came the reply. 
Kelley saw Burns at once, and said he would 
give the Combine $20,000 to pass the bill 
through the Senate. Burns consulted the 
Finance Committee, and a bargain was struck. 
Word was sent to Boggs that his offer of $15,- 
000 had been rejected. 

* * * 

In the trial before Justice Low, the other 
day, Senator Boggs was not asked how much 
he offered Burns to defeat the bill, but if he 
had been asked that question I have no doubt 
he would have denied all knowledge of any 
attempt on the part of himself and Mr. Rose 



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to prevent the passage of the bill with money. 
But he knows, nevertheless, that his discom- 
fiture was caused solely by the fact that the 
Glennites overbid him. He knows, also, that 
the Glenn County money was sent from Wil- 
lows to San Francisco, that it was from here 
transferred to the Sacramento Bank, and drawn 
from there by Registrar W. A. Brown, of 
this city. 

* * * 

Mr. Brown testified before the late Grand 
Jury when confronted with this fact, that 
he did not know what became of the 
coin. He said he went to the bank with a 
release to bearer, handed to him by Frank 
Freeman, of Willows, and when the money 
was drawn, turned it over to two men accord- 
ing to instructions, and they carried it off. 
What became of it he says he does not kuow. 
As Boggs knows all these things as well as 
I do, the question is, why does he not swear 
to a complaint charging Freeman, Brown, and 
the Senators with felony ? He would then 
have a revenge compared with which tin. 
sulphur administered by Mr. Clunie would be 
quite insignificant. 

* * * 

John Higgins, one of the janitors at the 
City Hall, is an old soldier. He was in the 
United States army before the breaking out 
of the Civil War and served throughout that 
"unpleasantness" in a regular regiment of 
artillery. Among other tilings Higgins has 
exalted opinion of General Webb, with 
whom he served in war time, and of whom 
many of our citizens retain pleasant recollec- 
tions, gained by an acquaintance with him 
while he was at the Presidio some years ago. 
" General Webb," says Higgins, " is the best 
man on earth to-day, and I bar no living 
being. If God Almighty was to keep on 
making men from now to the end of time He 
couldn't improve on General Webb, now I'm 
telling you." 

Higgins, although a member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic himself, has a profound 
contempt for the large body of sutlers and 
mule drivers who now comprise the bone and 
sinew of that organization. The other day 
he was orating on the subject of courage to 
a group at the City Hall. 

* * * 

" Talking about bravery," he said, "some 
of these fellows who prate about their exploits 
in the army make me sick — me who has so 
many times seen men shot all to pieces and 
laid out to die with as cheerful a face as 
though they were going to sleep. There was 
Jack Reals, a gunner of our battery. At 
Antietam a solid shot took off his lower jaw 
as clean as a whistle. His upper lip, mus- 
tache, and upper teeth were not even bruised. 
His tongue hung down on his shirt and his 
windpipe was left exposed. It was the mos 
frightful sight I ever saw. 

* * * 

"They took him off in the ambulance and 
I left my gun a minute to run back and tell 
him good-bye, but the words froze in my 
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his knapsack in the wagon and, with a pencil 
and a piece of paper, was writing a last note 
to his folks at Albany, New York. Not a 
whimper was heard from him. He lived 
twenty-four hours at the hospital, and the last 
thing he did was to write another letter home 
telling 'em he was most gone. Talk about 
nerve; that was nerve. 

" The other day a fellow I know who says 
he was at the front with an Illinois regiment 
was at work in a saw mill on Fifth Street. 
He sawed his little finger off and it took three 
of the workmen, two big policemen and the 
ambulance wagon to get him to the Receiving 
Hospital, and when he reached there he 
fainted dead away. Some of these Grand 
.Army soldiers make me sick." 

* * * 

The action ov the Board of Education 
recently in appointing Miss Rose Goldsmith 
to the position of school teacher, and then 
erecting a schoolhouse for her to teach in, is 
in accordance with the time-honored political 
axiom of a fat salary first, last, and all the 
time". Half the commissions in this State are 
elected and appointed solely to make a place 
for a secretary or a manager. The Mining 
Bureau has no other purpose on earth except 
to appoint a State Mineralogist. The Bank 
Commissioners never secure their places until 
they have promised to choose somebody 
favored by the Governor for Secretary. There 
has not been a moment for ten years when, if 
the Pilot Commission, which holds at the 
pleasure of the Governor, had dismissed its 
Secretary it would not have followed him 
forthwith to the political cemetery. As for 
the Viticultural, Horticultural, and even the 
Railroad Commission, which is elective, the 
Boards of Trustees of the asylums for the 
Insane, the State Board of Agriculture and 
Board of Prison Directors, they are only 
known by the men whom they appoint to 
office Not one of these Boards or Commis- 
sions would last a month if it attempted to 
break away from the patronage " deal " which 
resulted in its creation. 

* * * 

The vSchool Directors, however, have 
departed from the usual procedure in one 
respect. They purpose committing grand 
larceny in order to build a school house for 
Miss Goldsmith; that is, to come down to 
ficts, they intend to rob the salary fund of the 
department, provided they can secure the 
$25,000 necessary in 110 other way. That 
they seriously contemplate such a crime is 
evidenced by the fact that they have already 
awarded a contract for the new schoolhouse, 
which is to be located on McAllister Street, 
between Broderick and Baker, a spot that is 
three blocks from the Golden Gate Primary, 
and four or five blocks, I believe, from the 
Ciocker School on Scott Street. In discussing 
this question whether the Directors are justi- 
fied in building an unnecessary schoolhouse 
merely that Miss Goldsmith may teach a few 
of the young ideas how to sprout, the fact 
may be referred to that other old schools are 



in a shabby condition all over town, and there 
is no money to repair them. There is, 
indeed, one school where, I am informed, 
the curriculum includes umbrella drill. This 
is necessary, because in every rain storm the 
scholars are compelled to resort to those 
articles or take the consequences of a leaky 
roof. 

* * * 

If the School Directors cannot procure an 
appropriation to make this $25,000 good — and 
the Supervisors say they cannot — then they 
will have to take it out of the teachers' sal- 
aries. In June, therefore, there will be the 
same old deficit and scaling process. The 
teachers will howl, and the Directors will 
declare that the department did not have suf- 
ficient money in the first place. But this 
story is not likely to go down for once. If 
Miss Goldsmith gets her school and succeeds 
in capturing in its vicinity a sufficient number 
of young ideas, which desire to be taught to 
sprout, to make a respectable showing, the 
perfidy of the Directors will have a visible 
monument, and cannot be evaded. 

* * * 

A Director informs me that with the money 
for this school included there will be a deficit 
in June of $40,000. This will require the 
scaling of the teachers' salaries fifty per 
cent for the month of June. I am told that 
vSchool Directors Hyde and Max Brooks are at 
the head of this conspiracy to rob the teachers. 
If so, and I hope my information is false, I 
trust both have begun by burying their expec- 
tations of political preferment. Martin Kelly 
even will not be able to pull them through 
the hurricane that will break over their 
devoted heads next summer. They must 
have brains no larger than a calf's not to 
see where they will land, and where, in fact, 
the ring that is supporting them in the Board 
will also land. 

* * * 

The new ballot law, which is a modifi- 
cation of the Australian system, will go into 
effect at the next election. So far, the general 
public know nothing about it. Only a few of 
the " workers '' have been scanning its pro- 
visions, with what result will be subsequently 
ascertained. I take great pride in my ability 
as a prophet, and I would not hazard my rep- 
utation for anything short of a very large 
sum of money, cash down, but I am willing 
to stake everything on the prediction that both 
the public and the " workers " are going to 
be surprised at the next election. It is easy 
enough to elect any good man on any ticket if 
he is sufficiently well known. And that is 
generally the difficulty. 

It is hard, as a sagacious statesman 
once remarked, to get a good man fairly 
before the people. He is often carried 
down in a flood of public sentiment that 
overwhelms his party, and after the votes 
are counted everybody remembers that they 
forgot to vote for him and wonders why every- 
body else did not do what they neglected to 

Arcadiau Waukesha Water Cures Indigestion. 



do. The fate of Mayor Pond and Supervisor 
Boyd at the last election is a case in point. 
During their terms these two men probably 
saved the taxpayers a million dollars. That 
their services were appreciated is shown by 
the fact that they ran thousands of votes 
ahead of their colleagues on the ticket, but 
both went down in the Republican tid.il 
wave. 

* * * 

The new ballot law remedies this difficulty : 
to what extent remains to be seen. Any party 
or convention may nominate candidates as 
heretofore, but all the tickets are printed on 
one ballot. Bes'des, any committee or mass 
meeting which can muster a petition contain- 
ing the names of three per cent of the voters 
of the previous year, may have its candidates 
placed on the ballot. Under the law it be- 
comes the duty of the sworn officers of the 
government to attend to all the printiug and 
distributing that has always been done here- 
tofore by the party committees. Ten days 
before the election a sample ballot containing 
the names of all the candidates is sent to 
every voter whose name is on the register. 
This is done to enable him to study out the 
jobs that are baing put up on him by the 
bosses and devise a plan to defeat them. 

* * * 

The law provides that opposite each name 
a small ruled space shall be left, and into this 
the voter may insert a cross or any mark 
which will indicate his choice, and it must be 
respected. If he desires to vote any party 
ticket straight, o. any group of candidates 
who are inseparable, such as Presidential elec- 
tors, he may mark a cross in a space left at 
the head of each ticket, and the wholelot will 
be counted. The sample ballots are not to be 
voted, however. They are distributed merely 
to advertise the tickets and the candidates, 
and enable those who' desire to do so, to 
mark their preferences in advance. On the 
day of election, the election officers provide a 
polling booth or a room for voting. It is to 
be occupied by representatives of the political 
parties or candidates, a policeman and the 
election board. Into this room the voters 
enter singly. Each one gives his name, ad- 
dress, and voting number on the register, and 
after he is identified his name is entered 011 
the stub of a package of blank ballots and the 
ballot is torn off and given to him. With it 
he enters an adjoining small room to mark it. 

* * * 

The law says that he must go into this place 
alone, unless he states that he cannot read or 
write, in which case one of the clerks is 
authorized to aid him in marking his ballot. 
To reduce to a minimum the number of voters 
who will require the services of a clerk, is one 
of the objects of the advance or sample bal- 
lots. Any illiterate person may mark this 
outside with the aid of friends and carry it 
with him into the private booth, where a 
duplication of the marks will be easy. Once 
marked the ballot taken from the stub is 
folded, returned to the clerks, and deposited 
in the ballot box. If the voter spoils a ballot, 



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that fact is noted on the stub and another is 
given to him. 

* * * 

This system presents a perfect check on 
f raud. It not only preserves the independence 
of the voter and provides a method for tracing 
up votes illegally deposited, but it takes pains 
to advertise all the tickets ten days before the 
election. Probably in the educational process 
to which the voters will be subjected next 
year, many ballots will be lost through illegal 
marking or no marking at all. At all elections 
held under the system for the first time, there 
have been many ballots cast without marking. 
The voter, ashamed to acknowledge his illiter- 
acy, has gone into the secret booth and there 
got "stuck," and then, rather than appear 
agaiti and make the objectionable admission, 
has cast the ballot blank. But these blanks 
disappear after a time as the voters become edu- 
cated. If the "rounders" and "stuffers," 
who are not as a rule very well equipped intel- 
lectually, can devise a scheme to beat this 
system, I should like to know what it is. In 
my opinion there is certain to be a great 
depression in the " stuffer " market next year. 
For awhile, at any rate, the occupation of that 
class is gone. 

* * * 

The International League ok Press 
Clubs, which has been in convention in this 
city. this week, is one of the most important 
bodies that has ever visited the Coast. Com- 
posed as it is of reporters, editors, and 
newspaper owners, it offers California an 
opportunity of seeing herself In print in a 
manner that cannot fail to be of material 
advantage to her. What the Golden State 
needs is more advertising, more judicious 
publicity, and this convention will insure 
this. The local Press Club has done more for 
the State, in bringing the representatives of 
Eastern journals to the Coast, than California 
has ever done for herself; and what credit is 
due for this should be bestowed in the proper 
place. 

Two of the most interesting people with the 
convention are Mrs. Frank Leslie and William 
Wilde. They are husband and wife, but all 
along the road, in the hotel registers and lists 
of visitors, the names stand as given. Every 
one has heard of Mrs. Frank Leslie ; she got 
that (Jname by marriage and a State law of 
Xew York, whose Legislature was good 
enough to confer on her the favor of marrying 
as often as she chose (of course, according to 
the statutes in such cases made and provided ), 
without going to the expense of having new 
visiting cards or stationery printed. The 
mine she uses as an advertisement, and she 
is apparently so fond of it that when some 
ignorant persons call her Mrs. Wilde she at 
once, and firmly, corrects them. 

* * * 

Mrs. Frank Leslie is a bright-eyed, sharp- 
witted woman of something like sixty years 
of age. She is still good-looking, and is as 
careful of her complexion as an eighteen-year- 
i Id girl. Life has been very kind to her, and 



few people who see her would guess that she 
has reached the three-score limit. She dresses 
with considerable taste, and is a clever talker, 
whose short speeches along the road from 
New York to the Coast have been a cause of 
merriment to all who have heard her. 

* * * 

Mr. Wilde is a tall, attention-attracting 
gentleman, who is not unlike his better-known 
brother. He is an interesting talker, whose 
observations are precise. The world has not 
heard as much of him as of Oscar Wilde, 
merely, I presume, because the latter has 
more industry. Willie Wilde is nearly forty 
years old, but has never felt the necessity — 
either from a desire for fame or money — of 
using his abilities as a literary man. He 
is a poet who does not sing; an editorial 
writer, who will not write; an essayist, who 
prefers to talk his expositions; a large, good- 
natured, intellectual man, without the indus- 
try to make the world acquainted with him. 
Willie Wilde never gets up before one o'clock 
in the afternoon; at three he drives to Mrs. 
Frank Leslie's office, takes his wife out for a 
ride; dresses for dinner, and then kills time 
at the clubs. 

* * * 

Miss Kate Field is another interesting per- 
sonage; a new and natural grewth of this end 
of the century, in which women are thinking 
and doing for themselves. She has been 
everywhere, seen everything, and possibly 
the only thing she does not know is what the 
Sphinx would not tell her. Her weekly 
paper, Kate Field's Washington, is a splendid 
journal; it is honest— something remarkable 
in Washingcon — and though written by a 
woman with an object, is readable. Miss 
Field has a number of fads that do not 
obstruct the optimistic view she takes of the 
world; if all women were like her, the race 
would become intellectually and physically 
great, but would be extinct within 100 years. 

* * * 

The C/uonic/e has given to the convention 
considerable attention and space, and the 
matter has been well written and thoroughly 
interesting. The pictures are better than one 
usually sees in daily press, and one could 
almost recognize some of the originals by the 
portraits. The Examiner' s reception of the 
visitors (giving an entire page to the news of 
the towns from which they came) was an 
excellent idea, and was successfully executed. 
The delegates came hither to give the nomi- 
nation for President to a San P'ranciscan. The 
local delegates were in doubt as to who should 
receive the honor, but at a meeting, the club 
instructed them to nominate M. H. de Young. 
California has a good representation on the 
Board of Control, and if we hive exhausted 
hospitality to mike the delegites happy, they 
have done all in their power to return the 
kindness. 

* * * 

The programme for their entertainment 
was a lengthy one, and much has yet to be 
seen. To-day the delegates go to Palo Alto, 



thence to Del Monte; in the morning to the 
Big Trees, in the afternoon to San Jose. Next 
morning the delegates will go to Mount 
Hamilton, returning to San Francisco in time 
for the banquets, one to the ladies at the 
Pleasanton, and the other for the gentleman 
at the Palace. 

* * * 

Marshall P. Wilder, the famous fun-maker, 
although very small, occupies a large share 
of the attention given to the convention. 
The humorist is not more than four feet high; 
but every inch of him is worth a foot of a 
dozen men who pass for wits. A friend once 
said of Mr. Wilder that he was a self-made 
man, but that he got tired of thejob, and left 
it unfinished. He brings with him a stock of 
new stories, in whose telling he is inimita- 
ble. Mr. Wilder tells of two Irishmen who 
were discussing a game of poker. 

"An' phat's this oi'm hearin' of Misther 
Casey," said one. 

"Sure it's too bad, too bad, althegether. 
Mr. Casey wuz the foinest mon in the worrld, 
but he tuk to poker-playin' an' all that leads 
to. The furst game he got into he won every- 
thing in soight, an' the next noight he had 
fure hearts." 

" Yis, yis; he had fure hearts; will ? " 

" Yis, he had fure hearts; an' he caught a 
sped. ' ' 

"Oh, moy, oh, moy; an' phat did he do 
thin ? " 

" He wint to wur-rk next morniu'." 

* * * 

In my assortment of admiration— even 
newspapermen cherish delusions — I have 
always yielded Professor Gayley, of the State 
University, first place. A very eminent per- 
sonage, he is intensely superior in his atti- 
tude, high flown, artistic— intellectual even. 
He has condescended to go into Society and has 
even figured at the Fortnightly Club — indeed, 
a man entirely out of the common, redolent of 
culture and the schools. Being cynical in 
disposition a delusion is the most precious of 
possessions and I am careful to keep at as 
great as possible a distance from the subject 
of it to avoid disturbance. I broke through 
my rule last Friday afternoon, however, and 
went to the Academy of Sciences to attend 
the University Extension Class, over which my 
idol presides. His subject is English, not 
" as she is spoke " but as " writ." 

* * * 

I came prepared to be delighted and 
enlightened — to listen to a graceful, 
rhetorical lecture on the phase of literature 
under discussion. I anticipated the introduc- 
tion of a few touches of poetic description — 
a suggestion of enthusiasm over great authors, 
a soupcon of wit, of satire — in other words, 
an essay, a trifle better than one ordinarily 
finds in a magazine. Imagine my disgust 
when my ears were saluted by a dull, droning 
voice, a tedious, halting delivery, an 
atrocious drawl, an utter absence of vitality 
or interest. The hall was well filled, the 



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7 



audience consisting mainly of girls. By the 
respectful manner they tittered over what the 
Professor was pleased to regard as jokes, I 
concluded most of them were " co-eds." 

It seems incredible, but the lecture was 
weak in the extreme. Without exception it 
was the dullest, the feeblest, the most flaccid 
I have ever sat through. 

He was busy explaining the trend of events, 
or rather the currents of action in literary 
masterpieces. For illustration he made 
angular diagrams on a blackboard — characters 
were " fantasticated," "hypothecated" the 
author had "put up a job." Between 
Coriolanus and Othello, he drew the subtle 
distinction that the former did things " bull- 
headed," whereas the latter did not. In 
another connection he phrased literary com- 
plexities as " you think you see it and then 
again you think you don't see it." Certain 
Shakespearean and other characters had a 
" craze, freak, or fad." A dramatist " cooks 
up" a plot, and so on. On [the words '' fan- 
tasticated" — goodness knows where it comes 
from — and on " hypothecated " — the latter an 
original phrase in literary criticism — Mr. 
Gayley expended most of his energies. He 
repeated them dozens of times, emphasized 
them — in fact, he must possess a singularly 
limited vocabulary, inasmuch as I have seldom 
heard a lecture so sterile of ideas, so verbally 
poverty stricken. 

* * * 

On literary subjects there is no excuse 
for tediousness. Professor Gayley 's lecture 
should have been entertaining, at least — he 
was far from being profound. Of the 
students' essays, "The Psychology of Ham- 
let " and another by a young woman — they 
were of the type one hears over at Berkeley — 
compendiums of ill-arranged quotations with 
the inverted commas forgotten. What good 
this character of study, this species of in- 
struction may do, I am at a loss to realize. 

* * * 

I trust the authorities over at Berkeley are 
going to receive young Mr. Morrow back into 
the fold. From all I can learn, he was by far 
the least guilty of the crowd of students who 
tied the can to the gate of the " Cats" club- 
house. The difficulty with him was that not 
being quite such a coward as some of the other 
young gentlemen, he failed to deny with due 
emphasis participation in the " outrage. " In 
other words, being the son of a rich man, he 
was made scapegoat. In an ordinary State 
University it is exceedingly difficult to work 
up esprit de corps, and there is a singular lack 
of it over at Berkeley. However, the whole 
affair savors very much of a tea-pot tempest, 
and it seems to me Mr. Morrow should be for- 
given and restored to grace. 

* * * 

It seems to me Mr. James D. Phelan has 
been ill-used by the Examiner. I have not 
the slightest objection to seeing him or 
any other individual dissected or grilled in 



a literary way by my spirited contemporary, 
provided it is artistically done — there could 
be no question of the brilliancy of the " open 
letter." But, it was not fair to Mr. Phelan. 
It was only with the greatest difficulty the 
citizens' meeting was organized. However, 
harmonious the feeling against " boodling," 
there exists in the breasts of prominent citi- 
zens an equally prononnced antipathy to bold- 
ness. The committee in charge of the affair 
canvassed one big merchant after another 
without avail. They called on bankers, 
politicians, lawyers, capitalists — no one could 
afford to serve. Then they appealed to Mr. 
Phelan who refused. They resumed their 
search with the result that at eight o'clock 
no one who could fitly fill the place could be 
found. 

* * * 

Mr. Phelan was in the hall. To him, the 
committee appealed as a last resort, saying the 
meeting would have to disperse if he would 
not serve the cause. Unwillingly he did so, 
That he was not the right man for the place 
no one knew better than he, but it was an 
emergency and he made by no means an 
indifferent chairman. He possesses consider- 
able verbal facility and dexterity. Yet, for 
his good nature, he has been derided and 
ridiculed. The Examiner, poking as the 
great agent of reform, permits wanton attacks 
on the men who devote their time to the 
same cause. This may be good journalism 
from some points of view, but it is not good 
policy and it is not fair play. 

* * * 

At a large boarding-house the festive 
season was celebrated by a grand ball. To ii 
all the guests of the establishment, besides 
more than an adequate sufficiency of outsid- 
ers, were bidden, and the result was something 
very like a jam. There were scores of pretty 
girls and any number of men, but about the 
aggregation there was not that aroma of 
aristocracy that characterizes the gatherings 
of the Friday Night Club. However, that is 
what one goes to the Odd Fellows' Hall for. 
Among the invited was rather a good-looking 
young man not unknown "in the swim,'' 
who, on being presented to a stately old lady, 
failed either to catch her name or appreciate 
her importance. He sat himself between her 
and the lady who had done the introducing. 

* * * 

" Why are you not dancing, Mr. ?" she 

asked in bland tones. 

" Too much of a crush " replied the young 
man. " Could not get round in that if I 
wanted to." He pointed to the jumble of 
dancers. 

" Don't you care f >r dancing?" continued 
the stately old lady in tones now the reverse 
to bland. 

" Sometimes, but this is rather a mix, you 
know. I wonder," continued this frank youth 
confidentially, "just where they found 'em 
all. L,ooks like a case of highways and 
by-ways." 

"Mr. ," interrupted the other lady 



whose face during the conversation had turned 
alternately pale and red, " I don't think you 
were properly introduced. This is our 

hostess, Mrs. ." 

There are occasions when a man longs for 
the return of the age of miracles, and 

Mr. , however earnestly, prayed in vain 

for the floor to open and swallow him. 

♦ sfc ♦ 

Among the paintings hanging in the Press 
clubrooms is the " Montezuma Landscape " by 
Tavernier. How admirable a picture it is 
the cognoscenti know best. In Irving M. 
Scott's collection it is one of the most notable 
canvases. To the story-tellers who play 
poker in the club it recalls numberless remin- 
iscences of the gifted but eccentric Jules, but 
the majority are thrice-told tales. There is 
one that I believe has not been in type. Be- 
fore Tavernier contracted his love for Mauna 
Loa's crater he had some dealings with 
Kdward Deakin, then in the art business, 
which resulted in the accumulations of notes 
and I O U's to the value of $1700 in the latter's 
hands. Whether a disease or merely a weak- 
ness, Jules most striking characteristic was a 
detestation of work. If he could but be made 
to settle down, discharging his obligations 
was mere child's play. 

He went to Honolulu leaving behind him a 
host of repining creditors — among them 
Deakin, who, on the day of Jules' departure, 
bade farewell both to his friend and his 
money. Time rolled on. One day Nat 
Brittain, who besides being a capitalist is also 
a bohemian, dropped into Deakin's place and 
asked him for the notes. 

" I'm going to Honolulu and will see 
Tavernier" he said, "suppose you let me 
assume his indebtedness, and I will frighten 
him and perhaps make him work." A check 
was passed, the miscellaneous collection of 
securities turned over, and Nat set out intend- 
ing to flourish the notes in Jules' face, and by 
their agency compel him to jesume painting. 
After starting him again, he generously pro- 
posed to relieve his mind by presenting him 
with the securities. 

Alas, for the best laid schemes of mice and 
men — the first sad news he received on land- 
ing in Honolulu was that Tavernier had 
passed away. 

* * * 

It is with much regret that I note how 
a loathed contemporary knocks the romance 
out of Helen Hunt's novel " Ramona." The 
iconoclastic gentleman has been at consider- 
able expense of time and labor to discover the 
original of Mrs. Jackson's Indians, and has 
learned that they were really no better than 
they should be; as they are still alive, I am 
of the opinion that they are mu:h worse than 
they could be. Ramona, the beautiful Indian 
girl, he says, is fat and flabby; her virtue has 
gone with her lines of beauty; her poetical 



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language has been forgot, and she is sunk in 
sin. Alessandro, her husband, is said to have 
been a degraded aborigine, whose business 
was horse-stealing, whose enjoyment con- 
sisted in consuming quantities of fire-water, 
and who was properly killed for neglecting to 
pay for a horse he took from a white man's 
ranch. 

* * * 

At this date, these facts are of the utmost 
importance; a belief existed that the char- 
acters of " Ramona " were photographs from 
nature; that Helen Hunt Jackson just sat 
under the umbrageous trees in the Hermet 
Valley, and wrote down what she saw and 
heard; that the sweetest imagination that 
ever lighted the pages of a pure love story 
had no play in this charming tale; and that 
the writer was a species of phonograph. If 
these ideas had been allowed to grow I do not 
know how many idiots would have achieved 
maturity on them. The thanks of the 
mentally unfit and the intellectually undone 
are due the person who discovered the facts in 
the case. For myself, I'll live on the fruits 
of mayhem if I think he has ever got nearer 
Art than the moat that surrounds it, and 
which is filled with heaps of rotting, putrid 
facts. 

Charley Peters has gone hence with his 
pretty wife, and Bohemians of all grades are 
sad over his departure. Now that he is no 
longer with us it is no harm to tell of his 
good luck and John Luning's gratitude. In 
the olden days when Nick Luning was alive 
he did not manifest towards his son that 
tenderness or consideration that one is led to 
regard as the correct paternal thing. In fact 
young Luning was made to work very hard 
for a mere pittance, and when he resisted he 
was almost turned out of doors. Peters and 
Luning were very great friends, and whenever 
John had a particularly vigorous row with old 
Nicholas, he used to seek refuge and sym- 
pathy from Charley. Whenever the latter 
had any money to spare he made no bones 
about letting John have a share of it and so 
they became closer than ordinary friends. 

When John Luning came into a million or 
so and a huge income, he determined to recip- 
rocate. The story goes that on the day of 
Charley Peter's marriage, he gave him a check 
for $10,000, and Mrs. Peters a similar docu- 
ment for $2000. Besides, he insisted on re- 
serving for the happy pair a drawing-room in 
a Pullman car, besides the bridal chamber in 
one of the Hamburg Bremen steamers. Those 
who know Peters best believe there is a great 
future in store for him. He possesses genu- 
ine talent and when he gets steadily to work he 
will probably achieve a first-class reputation. 
During the years he is in Paris, Luning will 
allow him an income of $250 per month, which 
will more than suffice for his wants. So it 
does seem that rich men are grateful. 



PREMIUMS AND POLICIES. 



Quite a " hurrah " has been raised by Stockton 
agents, and their principals in San Francisco as well, 
over the proposed " Big Ten Combine " in the first- 
named city. Articles of Incorporation have been issued 
to the " Stockton Investment Company," which organ- 
ized with a cash capital of $250,000, held entirely by ten 
gentlemen resident of Stockton, almost controlling 
the property interests of that city. One of the objects 
named in the Articles of Incorporation is that of 
insurance. Mr. J. M. Welsh, who handles the Crown 
Mills and warehouses, is President. Mr. I. S. Bost- 
wick, controlling the Miller warehouse and large 
insurances by the farmers, is Vice-President; Mr. H. 
H. Hewlett, of the First National Bank, who controls 
considerable businesses Treasurer, while Mr. Lyndall 
Miller, who has been engaged in winding up the 
affairs of the defunct Alta, is the Secretary. It is mooted 
that the Combine will secure the services of a promi- 
nent counter man, at present employed by a large 
General Agency in this city, as General Manager of 
the Investment Company. 

The Pacific Insurance Union issues a circular, for- 
bidding the appointment of the Combine, or any 
employee or member thereof, as a violation of the 
Constitution regarding rebates to the insured, and 
this is the why and wherefore of the " hurrah." It is 
claimed by many of the underwriters that such an 
appointment is as legitimate as the appointment of 
banks and their employees, or the servants of other 
corporations who receive the benefits and profits of 
the business. All this scheming to save the outgo 
is due to the excessive commissions paid at excepted 
points for business, and when same are reduced to a 
proper level, the Union or its members will not be 
troubled with combinations to save the acknowledged 
waste in the direction of extravagant compensation 
paid agents, especially at the larger points. 

* * * 

All the Hartford companies, for the new year, 
show diminished net surpluses (notwithstanding 
improvements in value of their investments) as a 
result of last year's ordeal! Here are the figures: 

Phoenix $182,619 

JEUm 140,637 

Hartford 59.99' 

National t 35>i22 

Orient 27,160 

Connecticut 18,475 

Total $464,004 

* * * 

The Fireman's Fund is the first of the locals to file 
its statement, and in view of the fact that 1891 was the 
most fiery experience underwriters doing a general 
business have encountered since 1871, an addition of 

10,000 to its net surplus, and $90,000 to its assets 
speaks volumes for the management and is a phenom- 
enal showing at a phenomenal time. 

* ♦ s> 

Chief Secretary Robert Lewis, of the Alliance, 
after a stay in San Francisco of a fortnight sailed for 
Australia on the eleventh inst. While here the 
"finishing touches" were given the Union deal 
which practically ends the twenty-seven years of its 
existence, as all its assets are absorbed by the Alliance, 
and the policies of the latter are now alone issued 
from the Alliance building. The Company has made 
a deposit with the Treasurer of the State of" Oregon of 
$250,000 for the benefit of the United States policy- 
holders. 

* * * 

Well, the State Investment has had its annual 
with the following election of officers and directors: 
George L. Brander, President; Charles H. Cushiug, 
Vice-President; Charles M. Blair, Secretary; J. B. 
Mackie, Special Agent; J. H. Wallace, Clerk; B. 



Ackerman, Agent, New York; C. A. Van Anden, 
Agent, Chicago. Further deponent saith not! 

* * * 

Under the bold head lines of Facts and l'igures, 
the Daily News, of Alameda, pitches into the Palatine 
without gloves and exposes a net surplus of that 
Company, amounting to only $19,807 and urges an 
investigation. The article next vents itself against 
all " foreigners " doing business in California with- 
out having first made a United States deposit. It 
savors' very much of the old time literary style of 
Robert Handsome. 

* * * 

General Agent W. J. Landers has left for New York 
and will probably put a quietus on the Coast Review- 
after consultation with his chiefs. 

* * * 

Mr. C. F. Mullins, Manager of the Commercial 
Union, has returned from Honolulu, and is keeping 
a falcon eye on renewals, agents, competitors, and the 
Union. 

* * * 

Manager Alfred Stillman, of the Orient, is en route 
to New New York via Panama. 

* * * 

A. A. Snyder, well-known over the Coast as an 
expert building appraiser, died in this city on the 
morning of the twelfth inst. Mr. Snyder was seventy- 
seven years of age at the time of his death, anil he 
was probably the best known and most successful 
adjuster of building losses on the Pacific Coast. 

* * * 

George Mel, formerly of the State Investment, has 
resigned his position with that Company and taken 
office with Muecke & Co., Agents of the Svea of 
Gothenburg, No. 319 California Street. Mr. Mel has 
seen thirty years of service with several offices and in 
almost every capacity. Local. 



MEMORIES. 

I found, as I sat one evening, 

'Tween the leaves of a Bible old. 
A tiny, faded arbutus 

Bound by a wisp of gold. 
When I raised it in my fingers, 

The petals fell apart, 
As if they had been severed 

By an unseen fairy's dart. 
As I gaze on the scentless blossom. 

Faded memories rise, 
And the tear-drops gather slowly 

Into my tired eyes. 
But I laid it gently back, once moie, 

In its place, undisturbed for years, 
And I fancy it almost revived again 

In the shower of my tears. 

LOUISB Horton. 



FRIEND 3. 

Let us be friends: we may not now be more; 

Your silent glances make but poor amends 
For all my pain. Speak as you did before — 

Let us be friends. 

Love to my heart its fire no longer lends, 

'Tis chilled and hardened to its very core: 
No quickening beat your presence now attends. 

Yet would I not forget the joys of yore; 

And now that fate has worked its cruel ends, 
Shake hands and smile; for my sake, I implore. 

Let us be friends. — Sam Wood. 



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THE WAVE. 



9 



The GUaVe 



A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL. 



Issued Weekly from Office of Publication at San 
Francisco 

By COSGRAVE & HUME. 



San Francisco, January 16, 1892. 



MARTIN KELLY'S LIBEL SUIT. 

The libel suit commenced by Boss Martin 
Kelly against the Examiner, and the des- 
perate determination of Fire Commissioner 
Ames to in\-estigate the theft of a fire engine 
from the corporation yard, are suspiciously 
contemporaneous. One of two things is evi- 
dent. Either the newspaper has got hold of 
the wrong Kelly in this matter, or the theft 
has been so thoroughly concealed that Ames 
is certain his investigation will result in excul- 
pating the boss. A mistake in the Kelly is 
not unlikely. There are scores of Kellys in 
the Fire Department as well as on the police 
force, in the State Department, and in all the 
public offices. But suppose it turns out that 
Martin Kelly did not steal a fire engine from 
the corporation yard ? What right has he to 
invoke the law against any one who says so, 
and demand $75,000 damages ? 

It is quite certain that Martin Kelly's repu- 
tation could not suffer from anything that 
might be said of it. He has been arrested for 
swindling once, and twice indicted by Grand 
Juries, and if justice was done, the Lord only 
knows where he would be at the present 
moment. He might be breaking rock at 
Folsom. Indeed, it is sublimely impudent for 
a man who has as little respect for the law as 
Martin Kelly to resort to it for any purpose. 
It is more; it is an insult to the law, and if I 
were the judge before whom he appeared with 
his suit, I should commit him for contempt. 

The introduction of the libel suit as one of 
the weapons of bossism is, however, an inter- 
esting innovation. It is the second time Martin 
has resorted to this method of silencing his 
critics. Last year he sued my esteemed con- 
temporary, the Report, under almost similar 
circumstances. His damages in that case were 
set at $50,000. Evidently he considers his 
"reputation" of great value. 

On the whole, perhaps, his departure from 
the stolid policy of his distinguished pred- 
ecessors, Mannix, Brady, Fritz, Buckley, 
Rainey, and Higgins may not be without 
result. Once in Court, we will have him 
where his hirsute material is sparse. It can 
easily be proved, I think, that Martin carries 
a set of asbestos gloves. It is quite rare that 
he tackles anything as cool as a fire engine. 



If the baseball championship of the Coast 
had been decided at Haight Street on 



Sunday without a row, I should have with- 
drawn my patronage of the game during the 
coming season. A championship contest 
without a fight at the wind-up would really 
be a public imposition. By-the-way, the 
managers who work up this battle at the end 
of every season for the edification of the public 
might give us a few black eyes and a little 
blood occasionally. Hot words are becoming 
commonplace. 



A COMPETING RAILROAD. 

The able editors who write so much about 
a competing railroad, and who seem to think 
that it will ameliorate all our alleged com- 
mercial woes, lose sight of the fact that rail- 
road enterprises like all other enterprises in 
which a large amount of capital is invested, 
are compelled to pay interest. It is immaterial 
who builds a competing line to San Francisco. 
The men who furnish the money will demand 
their interest, just as the stockholders of the 
present roads demand theirs. If the mer- 
chants of this city were to build and control 
a line themselves and were sufficiently idiotic 
to operate it at a loss in order to benefit their 
fellow creatures, perhaps a competing road 
would actually compete; but as the mer- 
chants of this city have never been remark- 
able for losing their capital in such schemes, 
the idea may be dismissed as absurd. 

A competing road under any other condi- 
tions would not compete. If it did not violate 
a cardinal principle of business, it would, 
immediately after completion, enter a pool 
with the others and divide the business. 
Unless it did this it could be relied on soon to 
enter bankruptcy. The effect of such a pool 
could not fail to be disastrous. A division of 
the business would bring higher freight rates. 
Higher rates would be a necessity to meet the 
inexorable interest to which I have already 
referred. This competing railroad idea, then, 
resolves itself down to the contemplation of 
six or some other per cent on fifty or sixty 
millions of dollars. The real question it 
seems to me is this : Is there any route to 
Missouri River points over which the grades 
are easier and the distance shorter than those 
now traversed by the three lines that come to 
San Francisco ? If there is, a road might be 
operated overjt cheaper than the others, and 
thus be enabled to carry freight at lower rates 
Many eminent engineers have declared that 
there is no such route, and that is enough for 
me. I shall put none of my money into a 
competing railroad. 



The testimony taken by Judge Advocate 
General Remy at Vallejo proves conclusively 
that the Chileans were moved by national 
prejudice when they pounced upon the sailors 
of the " Baltimore" and polished them off. It 
may be said that some of the Americans who 
were assaulted had brogues and were variously 
French, Irish, African, Italian, and German, 
but in order to make our blood boil with 
indignation it is only necessary to reflect that 



they wore the uniform of the United States. 
My blood may be hotter than that of the 
average citizen, but if Uncle Sam does not 
thrash this arrogant little republic into an 
abject apology and indemnification, I shall 
file an application with Liliokalani to become 
a Sandwich Islander. 



OUR CLIMATIC EXHIBIT. 

If the delegates to the International League 
of Press Clubs manage to survive the hospi- 
talities that are being extended to them by 
the local Press Club and our citizens, on their 
return home they will have experienced within 
the space of two weeks about all the climates 
on earth. On Monday and Tuesday they 
crossed the Sierras, with the thermometer 
twenty degrees below zero. On Wednesday 
they visited an orange fair at Auburn, under 
a warm and generous sun. On the same 
evening they reached San Francisco, and 
inhaled the crisp salt sea air of the Pacific. 
To-day they visit Palo Alto and Monterey, 
where the violets and camellias are already in 
bloom, and before the end of next week they 
will pass through the beautiful orange groves 
of the South, where frost is practically 
unknown. 

Lest these gentlemen and ladies may depart 
with the impression that what they have 
experienced and are to experience is all the 
climate we possess, I wish to remark tha't at 
Monterey it is nearly as cool in July and 
August as at this moment, and that in San 
Francisco the hottest days of summer rarely 
send the thermometer above eighty degrees. 
This is something winter visitors to the Coast 
cannot understand. How warm Decembers 
can be followed by anything except blistering 
Julys is not according to the accepted rules 
of climate. The modification in our case is, 
of course, due to the cool northwest breeze 
which blows off the ocean constantly during 
the summer months. 



The falling out of Ada Rehan and Au- 
gustin Daly will be regretted by all lovers of 
the drama. A great many mean things may 
be said of Mr. Daly, but there is no gainsay- 
ing the fact that he knows how to steal a play 
better than any living dramatist. And as for 
Miss Rehan, she is the most talented come- 
dienne in the world to-day. It is a pity that 
Daly is no longer to commit literary larceny 
for the development of her genius and the 
delight of the public. 



The religious theory of Bob Sims, the Ala- 
bama outlaw, who was lynched last week, 
that the devil is in possession of the Govern- 
ment, and it is right to defy the constituted 
authorities, does not prove him to be a fanatic 
by any means. If the Evil One is not in 
possession of some portions of this Govern- 
ment, botli locally and Nationally, then he 
must have several near relatives who strongly 
resemble him in person and methods. 



iO 



THE WAVE. 



A LETTER ABOUT BOOKS. 



Dear Mess Matilda : — However excellent 
my intentions, you must admit I am subject 
to publishers. You complain I am giving 
you no books worth the reading. I reply, 
there are none being produced. For two 
weeks past I have scoured the stores and 
found nothing — nothing new, at least — and I 
am told there is a strong prejudice against 
comments on novels that everyone ought to 
have read. So you will please be content 
with a very little — a few thin, tiny volumes 
that, under ordinary circumstances, I would 
hardly regard as worthy of consideration. 

One of them is a San Francisco production, 
"A Crown of Thorns," by Flora Haines Long- 
head — not new. The Argonaut, I imagine, 
gave it to the world first. It tells of the sale 
of white children to Chinese, and the scene is 
laid in the dingy rooms of the Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The 
gathered matrons, fashionably interested in 
charity, the foundling asylum persons, the 
officers of the Society are sketched in for a 
background. Two figures stand out, David 
Chase and Olive Ainswoith — he a briefless 
lawyer, with a fine face; she a Society belle, 
languid, blase, beautiful. 

The manner of their coming together is 
reamatic, though the suggestion is quite the 
reverse of moral. Indeed, I don't quite see 
how I can convey to you the episode in a very 
few words — it is difficult to be both brief and 
delicate. After reading the story I think you 
will agree with me that Miss Ainsworth's 
sacrifice was quit^ uncalled for. One cannot 
deny the nobility of her acknowledgement, 
but one must reflect the consequences were 
sot her's alone. She had parents whose 
honor was her's as her disgrace was theirs. 
One may reply she acted under the impulse of 
the deepest feeling of a woman's heart — 
maternity. Hut in so doing she admitted the 
commission of the deadliest sin in the Code 
of Conventionality. Virtue, as you have fre- 
quently told me, is its own reward — vice its 
own punishment. Considering the truculent 
attitude of the first towards the second, it is 
the best policy to confess nothing. The other 
story, " Adam and Eve," is too commonplace 
to call for criticism. 

From the burden of weighty social prob- 
lems relieve your mind by reading the 
piquant, graceful verses of William Bard 
McVickor " Lays of a Lawyer." It is such a 
dainty, pretty little volume — one would buy 
it for the cover alone — a species of tartan — 
quite a novelty in binding. Mr. McVickor 
writes for Puck and Life those sweet little poems 
half comic, half sentimental, that are occasion- 
ally so charming. Sometimes one is entrapped 
into reading a tender love poem to find the con- 
clusion a catch, a drop from the sublime to the 
ridiculous. One must be born with a gift 
for writing this species of verse. However, 
turn over the pages and read a captivating 
little poem, " Her Parasol." After that try 
" A Cup of Tea," " Cheeky," " April Fool," 
the inclination to transcribe the index is 
almost irresistible. If you are in an ill 
humor on page one, I am positive you will 
read the concluding lines with a laugh. I 
did. 

Are you a votary of Mrs. Oliphant ? Here 
is a book of hers, a monumental work called 
" The Railway Man and His Children." There 
are nearly 500 pages of it, and it belongs to 
the type of fiction that some one has spoken of 
as good roast beef. If you are really at a loss 
for aught to pass the time, have days that 



must be spent undisturbed by a solitary flutter 
of excitement, you can do nothing better 
than to wade laboriously through this novel. 
It is written according to the three volume 
recipe, not one of the characters entertains 
a feeling or has a thought the pedigree and 
the evolution of which are not given at length. 
One's imagination may be disattached, it is 
not called into action. And yet no one can 
question the quality of the analysis, the tech- 
nical value of the portraits. The piose has 
that firmness, the.descriptions that closeness 
which marks superior workmanship. It is 
positive the Railwayman does not rise over a 
certain height, but it does not ^sink below a 
certain level. 

General X. P. Chipman, whom you have 
doubtless heard of — an eminently excellent 
man with a conscience of the finest quality, a 
venerable appearance, and an ambition to be 
Governor — has delivered himself of a book. 
It is called " The Horrors of Anderson ville 
Rebel Prison," and it depicts the " awful suf- 
ferings of thousands of Union soldiers con- 
fined there." Being a very good man, and a 
prominent factor in the trial of Henry Wirz, 
Mr. Chipman feels called on to perpetuate the 
controversies of the war. It does not seem to 
me, however, Andersonville was much worse 
than any other prison — nor that the South was 
in the financial condition that enables the pro- 
Vision of penelogical luxuries. That is my 
ignorance, I suppose. Mr. Chipman adduces the 
evidence, sums up and "down, right and left, 
and clearly exhibits as a fiend in human form 
the arch-rebel Jefferson Davis. Should you 
at any time desire a revelation in depravity — 
a striking instance of the utter disreputable- 
ness of a single individual, obtain admission, 
if you can, to a Grand Army Post about the 
moment General This or Colonel That — com- 
missar}- officers of course — is discanting on 
the ineffable badness of Jeff Davis. After it, 
you will believe Satan by Milton quite an 
estimable personage. 

I am looking forward to some few notable 
books. Ambrose Bierce will publish his vol- 
ume of short stories very soon. It contains 
nothing his admirers have not read, but he 
has revised with the greatest care, and made 
changes that alter the complexion of several 
of the stronger stories. I anticipate for this 
book a great success, that it will give the 
author the position he should have among the 
writers of the world. His work has a value 
distinct from complexity of plot, from the 
startling situations, the dramatic climaxes he 
so artistically arranges. Their verbal excel- 
lence alone would secure one's attention. A 
new novel by Mrs. Humphrey Ward is soon 
to appear — -the good lady who wrote " Robert 
Elsmere " which you assured me you wouldn't 
read because every one else had. Oscar 
Wilde, you may remember, compares it to 
Arnold's " Literature and Dogma " with the 
literature left out. I trust she has eschewed 
theology, for of all tedious subjects it is the 
easiest to be prosy about. 

Oracle, K. B. 



The auction sale of Dr. M. W. I licks' standanl 
mares, fillies and colts, promises to be an equine 
event of the first magnitude. Dr. Hicks is a breeder 
of skill and discretion, who has produced some very 
remarkable horses. This sale takes place at Killip & 
Co.'s salesyard, corner of Van Ness Avenue and Mar- 
ket Street, on Wednesday, January 27th. Those who 
are interested in horses should not fail to attend. 



The San Bernardino Courier prints the following : 
"Since the elevation of Steve. B. Elkins, the cattle 
king, to the portfolio of war, we suppose that in 
case of a scrimmage with Chile the American army 
will be armed with riatas to give Steve the advan- 
tage of the McKhilev bill." 



BY THE WAY. 



The dispatches will state this morning 
that young Barrios has been defeated in 
Guatemala for the Presidency. The opposi- 
tion to the General must have been much 
stronger than those at this distance believed 
it was, as from private advices I learn that the 
vote against him was very large. Barrios' 
campaign was conducted almost entirely from 
this city. Here were printed his pronuncia- 
mentos, addresses, letters, his preliminary 
notices to voters, and his tickets. On the 
advice of friends his arrival in Guatemala 
was so timed that the enthusiasm occasioned 
by it would continue over the election. 

* * * 

It seems that his opponents were as 
anxious as his friends to have bim follow this 
programme; and the President must have 
been kept busy in his efforts to stand on both 
sides of the fence. Barrios himself never 
doubted the certainty of his election; and as 
I was of the opinion that it was merely a 
matter of money, I thought he was as safe as 
chosen. It is to be regretted that he has 
been defeated; while not of very remark- 
ably strong characteristics, yet he is aggres- 
sive and progressive, and would have given 
Guatemala a splendid administration. 

* * * 

Something of an event is to take place on 
the tenth of February at the Grand Opera 
House, in the shape of a grand concert for the 
benefit of the Fabiola Hospital. Mandolins, 
guitars, and bandurrias to the number of 150, 
made up of the Sketch Club, Los Banduristas, 
Chabot Guitar Club, Miss Mee's Mandolin 
Club, and others representing Society in Oak- 
land as well, will unit", under Jose Sancho, 
the best of leaders, to give a monster pro- 
gramme. Added to the musical attractions 
will be the distinctions of beauty and Society. 
Mrs. Reme Chabot, Mrs. Hinckley, Mrs. 
Wetherbee, and Mrs. Wheaton are the pro- 
moters and patronesses. Mrs. Mary Wyman- 
Williams and Mr. C. D. O'Sullivan are 
expected to assist. , 



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MUSIC. 



THE SHERWOOD RECITAL. 



Last Tuesday evening the musicians of San 
Francisco were treated to the public insult of 
their lives. Amateurs and professionals were 
indulged with an exhibition of Lilliput 
arrogance sufficient to qualify even faultless 
efforts. Pianists, piano teachers, and num- 
bers of our instrumentalists whose knowledge 
of the literature for the piano is the result of 
years of study with many of them in Europe 
as well as in America, were stood in the 
corner, plied with dunces' caps and refused 
even the cognizance of the musical alphabet, 
while William H. Sherwood stuttered, sput- 
tered, and gurgled innocent of Queen's 
English or insight, like the impotent self- 
conscious grannies of the old school. This 
was probably Mr. Sherwood's way of fulfill- 
ing the promise of his opening sentence and 
the greatness thrust upon him by himself, 
but to do the audience credit, the reception 
granted was becomingly stilly and chilly. 
The lightning flashes of criticism playing so 
giddily and with such zig-zag incertitude upon 
the poor composers, touched to ecstasy the 
acme of the baldest commonplaces. The 
flight of imagination into realms of the 
exquisite over Chopin's Ballade in A flat was 
attended with a shower of javelins of expres- 
sion; and the brilliant word picture telling 
the unimaginable story of the lily maid 
strange enough to have a lover "of the 
opposite sex," to quote from the oratory, was 
nearly great. Beethoven, in his Sonata Op. in, 
was eulogized, the phrases would have fitted 
a reproach better. lectured, admonished, and 
exhorted the audience was "sat upon" with 
a flutter of delighted self-consciousness by the 
pianist. Mr. Sherwood evidently considered 
a San Francisco auditorium the place to fitly 
exhibit the utmost limits of bad taste. 

Nerve and muscle have been educated in 
Mr. Sherwood's case to the point where the 
exercise of free will is possible. Allowing 
for the strain of teaching, and the time 
devoured by that metier, Mr. Sherwood has 
acquired an absolute technique. The teach- 
ing side of Mr. Sherwood is unpleasant, and 
accounts for his aberrations in speech, but 
Chicago, blessed with Amy Fay as head of 
the teacher and teaching mania, has probably 
unduly developed this idiosyncrasy. Of the 
tone produced by this pianist, syllabic melody 
brings its best quality to light. Produced 
with the loose, though firm, texture of muscle 
from the finger throughout the torso, it carries 
full and fluent vibration. In passages of 
rapid scale and figure, the dynamic is not 
often untrue, and the performance falls below 
pitch. In playing the Wagner-Brassin 
" Feuer Zauber, " from " Die Walkiire," the 
only number given with true musical 
intensity, the tone values were most nearly 
realized. The commonplaces of phrasing and 
articulation are, in a pianist of Mr. Sherwood's 
standing, of course, faithfully given. 

Though the public is not familiar with Bee- 
thoven's Sonata in C Minor, Op. ///, pianists 
are sufficiently familiar with it to take Mr. 
Sherwood's confession of faith in it as the 
greatest of works for the piano by the Seer of 
Bonn'with due deliberation. The Appassionala, 
Waldstein, and Op. 106 have variously been 
given the palm. Any of them will compare 
to the disadvantage of the Op. n r for heroic 
elevation in a movement at least, and other 
sonatas will be more freely felt as complete 
organisms. Mr. Sherwood's playing of the 
Sonata raised the question whether the use of 
pedals is a purely artistic advantage in Bee- 



TH E WAV K . 



thoven. In lifting out the melody the raison 
d'etre of the open pedal can be easily seen and 
understood, but with the piano passages it 
detracts from the purity of the tone, and 
spreads a veil incompatible with the sense of 
clear-cut delicacy borne in mind with classic 
works. Power, simplicity, and large emo- 
tional subtlety are given to one player in 
generations, and only once in a lifetime can 
the devout hope for the ideal playing of 
Beethoven. 

So much ductile, muscular work was given, 
and that of the finest, that Mr. Sherwood ranks 
high among visiting pianists. Gottschalk's 
overblown Fermolo study, the Liszt Cainpa- 
uilla, and Faust Waltz, were all unusual feats. 
A shake, sustained with true poise of nerve 
and ligament in the Sonata, was the most rare 
and legitimate of the pianist's effects. In 
Chopin's Ballads, the " divine coquetrie, " as 
Liszt has it, made no sign on the surface of 
the performance, and several lapses from lyri- 
cal sentiment traced the performance of Raff's 
" La Fileuse." Unfortunately this pianist has 
a talent which does not fit with his person- 
ality ; and, in conclusion, it may be said, we 
have heard better pianists, but few worse 
speakers. 

SUNDAY MUSICAL, AFTERNOON. 

Beethoven's String Quartette A T o. 12 in E 
flat, Op. 12J, played by the Herman Brandt 
Quartette and a repetition of Dvorak's interest- 
ing Quintette for piano and strings gave, food 
for reflection to our chamber concert-goers. 
No contest could be more sharp than the 
classic and modern work made, and the 
audience declared itself for the electric qual- 
ity of the Slavish composer's work. The calm 
intensity of the Quartette touched the noble 
sentiment so seldom missing in Beethoven, 
both performances were sufficiently acceptable, 
Miss Ada Weigel taking the piano in the 
Quintette. Miss Florence Fletcher gave two 
movements, the andante and finale from 
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Intonation of 
extreme purity and good technical aplomb 
were the best points in the performance. 
Limited emotion anddeficience in bringing up 
the climax may have been caused by embar- 
rassment. Miss Fletcher is possessed of grace 
and an interesting personality, and promises 
much in the future. Miss Weigel's accom- 
panying was adequate. 




EXCHANGE THOUGHTS. 



This is the sort of talk that tells. The Central Cali- 
fornian says : " The association of Press Clubs will 
arrive in Fresno, January 20th, and remain one day 
for the purpose of viewing our city and the colonies 
adjacent. Every courtesy should be extended to the 
visitors, as friendship to the leading newspapermen of 
the country will redound to the benefit of our city 
and county' Let us unite in giving cause for every 
one of them to remember Fresno and Fresno people 
with pleasure." 

Sam Davis, speaking of his splendid Christmas 
issue of the Appeal, says: "In pursuance of our 
favorite policy of home production we have presented 
our readers with a Christmas story manufactured 
(out of whole cloth) in the Appeal office, not being 
obliged to have it written by some New York .Syndi- 
cate concern, as is the custom with our contem- 
poraries." 

This, from New York Truth, is very depressing : 
" I read with alarm in the accounts of the Patriarchs' 
Ball that 'over 100 were present' Can this mean 
that some of those vulgar Western millionaires have 
secured recognition at last? " 

The Alameda Lantern, which shines for all re- 
marks: "An exchange says the red-haired girl is 
now the fashion. Meanwhile the blondes and bru- 
nette of this town of pretty girls have not forgot how 
to be charming." 



A MADMAN'S MONOGRAPH. 



Here is the manuscript as I found it lying in the 
gutter. It was written in pencil, carefully at first, 
then in a wild, scrawling tremulousness. Who the 
unfortunate may be that wrote it, I have never dis- 
covered. There was no signature. Only this: 

I am drunk. 

My pen, as I write, fairly flies over the 
paper, and my thoughts flood like the winter 
torrents. For I know that I have only a little 
while in which to tell this stupendous truth, 
this revelation that will shake the entire 
scientific world. 

I do not know who will find this scrawl. 
But I must write while the ecstasy of drink 
is upon me, and while — I am sane. 

For I am sane now. Yes, as sane as any 
one of you, whoever you may be that read 
this. And I am sane — because I am drunk. 

Only now, in these brief moments, when 
the glorious God of Drink has cast his spell 
over me, do I realize that I am a maniac at 
all other times. Now the insanity of my daily 
life comes home to me; I see clearly why all 
my relations and friends shake their heads 
about me, and talk of confining me in some 
safe, quiet place. I know now — oh what a 
terrible knowledge! — that I am a hopelc-s 
lunatic. Not violent, perhaps, but still in- 
curable. No, not quite that, incurable 
unless — 

Yes, that is it; unless I can find drink 
wherewith to dispel the clouds that film my 
mind. Gradually, then, as I drink, the dread 
octopus of madness uncoils his tentacles, my 
brain throbs with clear understanding, and — 
I am sane. You would only call it being 
drunk; I know that it is access of sanity. 

And to think that they call it the Demon of 
Drink; speak of drunken madness, crazed 
with drink, and all that! " Bah, how blind! 
For not all of your clever specialists, none of 
your most careful nurses and your quietest 
asylums can do for a madman what this 
glorious liquor can do — restore him to sanity. 

My name — how sweet it is to think of this 
— will go down to history as one of the great- 
est benefactors of the race. A madman who 
discovered a life secret! A lunatic who told 
how to break his brethren's bonds. For I 
feel certain that this hasty scrawl will be 
found. 

It must be found. Hut it must be com- 
pleted also, and for that I must hasten. For 
already I feel the effects of the drink leaving 
me, and — oh horror! — there is no more liquor 
left. 

This is the awful part of my revelation. 
To regain complete sanity, One Must He 
Drunk All The Time. 

Otherwise — as now with me — when the 
drink dies, so does sanity. 

I think — that is all. I should like to de- 
scribe my feelings as I regain and lose mv 
reason, but I fear there is hardly time. And 
yet they are wonderful feelings. Now, for 
instance, as the fumes of drink lift, I feel — 

Now, why does the Queen of England for- 
ever sit on my left shoulder? I am sure I 
never wanted her to. She says that — What 
am I writing? I wanted to describe — There 
she sits and leers at me with her crown on 
her ear — Oh, my God, this is going out to 
the world, and I cauuot sign it; I have for- 
gotten my own name. Ha! Ha! Of course, 
the Queen can do no wrong. And I am the 
Prince of Wales. So, if you choose to sit on. 
my shoulder — 

Ha, ha, ha! My crown is on her head, 
but some day I shall kill her and wear it. 

Some — day — I — the — prince — ha, ha, ha! 

J. Pekcivai, Poi.lard. 



12 



T H R WAV K . 



REFORMED UNDERWEAR. 



When memory conjures up a vision of the chemise 
as woru by our grandmothers, and those awful 
pantalets, narrow and straight which reached to 
llie ankles, one feels like offering up thanks for the 
initiation and continuation of dress reform. There 
may be great diversity of opinion as to art gowns and 
cjrsetless figures, but no one iu their right mind can 
have two opinions in regard to emancipated lingerie. 
Fancy any woman facing her mirror in heavy un- 
bleached muslin underwear, innocent of any adorn- 
ment, and made by hand! 

The upper garment was known to the world as a 
"shift" and was a model of ugliness and discomfort. 
It was cut sacque fashion, sleeves and all together, 
anil had a bias seam under each arm which hung in a 
l jiig point after the first washing. It seldom reached 
the knees, and was finished with a narrow hem. 
The sleeves came down to the elbow and were usually 
cut on a selvedge so there was no hemming required. 
This, of course, was the Anglo-Saxon and Teutonic 
garment. 

Tne reigu of the Empire aud Josephine gown 
brought out a Frenchified shift which could justly 
lay some claims to beauty. It was made of linen or 
modernized muslin, bleached as white as the driven 
s.iow and either trimmed with hand-made embroidery, 
fancy stitching or home-made lace. The round puffed 
sleeves of the Empire were utilized aud then came a 
long reign of gussets. Miss I'rue taught Miss 
Belinda how to put in those useful little squares, just 
under the arm to prevent tearing the sleeve out when 
the arm was raised, aud lastly how to vary the 
monotony of round neck finish by means of four 
triangular gussets set on each side of the sleeve, two 
on each side, back aud front. The deadly bias seam 
under the arm was greatly improved by sewing a 
straight aud gored seam together, and locomotion 
gained a signal triumph when extra fullness was 
allowed in the body of the garment, t although the 
bulky gathers around the waistline doubtless added 
much to the h jrror of producing a wasp waist. 

For more than a hundred years this garment held 
sway aud it filially became universally recognized by 
ils French name, chemise. In all these years it under- 
went slight variations and gradually began to lengthen 
as the pantalets grew shorter and wider. This 
carries us through antibeluim days, and well into the 
Ust decade when s >me bold and adventuresome spirit 
not only put a ruffle on the bottom of her chemise, 
but had the audacity to trim it with lace ! This out- 
rageous conduct soon reached the ears of the Dorcas 
societies and the battle began. Long and fierce it 
raged and I can well remember a time when no 
woman who valued her good name would allow such 
a garment in her wardrobe. Lace on the bottom of 
her chemise ? No, indeed. 

I have uever been quite sure wdiether it was the 
sewiug machine aud its possibilities iu tucks and 
ruffles, or the innate desire in woman to do something 
wicked, which won the day for the long, elaborately- 
trimmed, aud altogether delightful, up-to-date 
chemise. It may be that the seductive charms of 
mull, Valenciennes, and India silk had something to 
do with the evolution, but, be that as it may, the 
glorified chemise has strutted its day, and is now 
being relegated by the insinuating manners aud sensi- 
ble habits of the combination suits, which threaten 
total annihilation to upper as well as lower under- 
garments. 

Hosiery dates back to the reigu of "Good Queen 
Bess," one ol whose courtiers declared that the Oueen 
had no legs, when the inventor of the stocking ven- 
tured to ask him to present Her Majesty with a pair. 
History is silent as to the final adoption and universal 
use of stockings, nor are we much better informed as 
to how they have reached their present state of per- 
fection. Suffice it to say that the pantalets found 
them a remorseless an 1 deadly foe, and that there are 
are not enough ill-natured tongues iu Christendom 
to prevent the hosiery known to the stage as tights 
from superseding every other nethergarment. 

Who that has ever enjoyed the freedom and ease of 
walking in these extended hose would ever relapse 
into the barbarism of division again? The combina- 
tion suit, especially in standard black silk, is simply 
perfect, and a wise woman will not wear more than 
one petticoat, and that of light weight. To insure 
sufficient warmth, she has recourse to the jersey 
knickerbockers made originally for ^bicycle and gym- 
nasium wear, and the elegante lias her glace silk 
skirt fastened to the same band as her dress. This 
prevents lmlkiuess at the waist line, aud is not more 
expensive thau the cambric skirt aud chemise which 
must be made by the dozen aud eternally laundried. 
A silk skirt for each dress, matching in color aud 
handsomely trimmed, is in bitter taste aud is really 
more comfortable. High-necked and long sleeved for 
those whose health and well-being require them, aud 
dainty colored ribbons for those who cau wear the 
sleeveless and decollete, arc the most approved sub- 
stitutes for either the silk or linen chemise, but there 



I is something so nice about these dainty confections 
I that most women prefer to retain them for house 
I wear. Soft, clinging textures, delicate "colorings, 
and lacy undergarments are well nigh irresistible, but 
they are not practicable for general use. It seems 
fit and proper that the silk-lined tailor-made gown 
should be worn over combination underclothes, but 
the evening toilette and house gown demands some- 
thing more frivolous. 

Reform vestments suggest taking life seriously, 
while the lacy nothings persuade us that life is a joke 
which applies wholly to some other lot or station, 
and, after all, 

" This is not so bad a world 

As folks would like to make it, 
But whether good or whether bad, 
Depends ou how we take it." 

And this also applies to our lingerie, its uses, abuses, 
and reforms. 

KAT, DRINK, ANI> UK MERRY. 

Savarin, the epicure, always said, " Tell me what a 
man eats and I will tell you w hat kind of a man he 
is," and the same trite saying applies equally well to 
women. Not alone must she run the gauntlet of 
lorguetted wall flowers who cooly pick her social 
bones and take stock of her points as if she were a 
racer, but the Ward McAllisters, " real aud would-be,'' 
mercilessly scrutinize her choice of viands, while the 
female McAllisters note her every movement and 
manner of eating. 

To err proclaims one's self, and there is no feminine 
charm which compensates a man of the world for a 
lack of appreciation of his efforts in this line. He 
may be mightily pleased with her personality, wit, 
and beauty, but before he takes her to his heart he 
wants to see her eat. He must be not only excep- 
tionally well-bred, but must be a conscientious 
Christian not to utterly despise, if he does not pity, 
her ignorance of the delights of the table. 

It is a relic of Puritan days and the unconscious 
influence of Blue Daws which makes over-scrupulous 
people look upon the appetite as something to be 
ashamed of, aud under no circumstances to be in- 
dulged. These poor, misguided souls barely eat to 
live and look as if they were doing penance when 
they are at table. Others, again, have no timetoeat, 
while a large majority of women do not know how to 
eat. They have no idea of tile relative value of food, 
and their palates are as uncultivated as a savage. 
This is particularly true of Americans, because we are 
the poorest cooks in the world, and at least onedialf 
of the native born partake of no meal during the day 
that could be dignified by the name of dinner. These 
people never dine, they bolt whatever is set before 
them at six o'clock and hurry away from the dining- 
room as if they were afraid of infection. 

Unfortunately there is a large class of women who 
resent knowledge as a sort of personal offense, and 
they are prone to question not only the motives and 
judgment of their less conservative sisters, but they 
are very apt to suspect her morals. The age is still 
sex-mad, and I have no hope of living long enough 
to see questions concerning women discussed or con- 
sidered by the masses independent of personality. 
To attempt an innovation or an improvement upon 
the stupid and inane practices which convention- 
ality has foisted upon the world uuder the despotic 
sway of good form, still brands one as a thing to be 
suspected if not wdiolly shunned. Miss l'rue still 
considers eating a vulgar habit aud she is determined 
not to learu that there are virtues in toothsome in- 
dulgences. 

On the other hand, how refreshing is the woman 
who has a good, healthy appetite, aud who knows 
how to order aud to eat a good dinner. Man delights 
in her, whether she be the goddess of his fireside, or 
simply known and valued as a friend. She has a 
much longer lease on life, and her claims to beauty 
depend largely upon her gastronomic habits. Defec- 
tive nutrition opens up a vista of nervous disorders 
which are appalling in their inroads upon happiness 
and life itself, and it is safe to say that two-thirds of 
all ills of womankind can be traced to a defective 
blood and sinew. 

Liviug in the emotions and under high pressure has 
much to do with our national malady, dyspepsia, but 
the foundation of weakened digestion can often be 
traceil to the barbarous habit of compelling children 
to consume large quantities of mush. Many times 
their little stomachs rebel at sight of the capacious 
bowl, and it is a downright cruelty to compel any 
human bjing to eat what their appetite abhors. 
Mush and milk go on relentlessly through childhood, 
and when the youngand growing girl is sent to board- 
ing school she is systematically starved into woman- 
hood. After a prolonged mental strain, and before 
she has fairly'attained her growth, she plunges into 
the social whirl, aud by the time she has captured a 
husband the crash comes and she is a physical bank- 
rupt. She has paid out her strength faster than she 
has renewed it, aud nature demands a settlement. 

Whoever eats well has a reserve to draw upon, 



while the underfed are perpetual overdrafts, both in 
mental and physical energy? aud there is no use to 
expect any great endeavor from them, unless, indeed, 
hunger makes them desperate. It is a sad commen- 
tary upon human selfishness to admit that much of 
the best in art has been produced solely to appease 
the urgent wants of the inner man. It is not any 
more of a reflection upon the purchaser than it is 
upon the producer. It is only one of the many dem- 
onstrations of the fact that a reckless disregard for 
each other's wants is a characteristic of both rich 
and poor. Verily we earn our bread by the sweat of 
our brows, and it is a pity that it is not always good 
bread, aud that there is not plenty of it. In Califor- 
nia we really have no poverty, and those in 
straightened circumstances suffer more from a lack of 
knowledge of how and what to eat than they do from 
a scarcity of food. Especially is this true of women. 

And there is no reasonable excuse for this igno 
ranee. There are plenty of French and Italian cooks 
in California and there are many French res 
taurants in this city which are doing noble kindergar 
ten work in behalf of our poor stomachs. To her 
who would please perennially I would say, go ami 
learn what the world considers goad living. Master 
the intricacies of the acknowledged good things ol" 
the table, and you will soon find yourself in demand. 
It is very gratifying to a gentlemen to find that his 
efforts at table are appreciated, and a wise woman 
soon learns to like the dishes that he likes. And if 
she is careful never to let the demand upon her 
strength overbalance the supply of force, she will 
have lived wisely and well, and will never be a victim 
of "nerves." Frona EUNICE Wait. 



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DOUBLE COUP DE GRACE. 



ARCHIBALD FORBES. 



In an earlier article I have tried to describe the 
" Old Sergeant " of my native parish. In a neigh- 
boring glen which formed another parish of our 
local presbytery, there dwelt during my boyhood 
another veteran of the grand old type, that stout 
ex-warrior, Sergeant Davie Russell. I lived a good 
deal from time to time with the minister's family of 
the parish in which the Sergeant dwelt, and to the 
elderwood of which it was his pride to belong; and 
the manse boys of Glenvorlich used often to take me 
with them to visit the still stalwart veteran in his 
comfortable cottage under the shadow of the great 
mountain with the twin wens on its summit. The 
Sabbath evening was the time when he was best 
pleased to see us; and for the sake of the interesting 
stories which were sure to follow, we were content to 
endure a cross-examination in the toughest problems 
of the Shorter Catechism, and listen to a dissertation 

0 1 the faulty tactics of Amasa, the captain of the 
host of Absalom, who, the Sergeant contended, 
would not have suffered so severe a defeat if he had 
posted his troops out in the open to encounter the 
onslaught of Joab instead of taking up a position in 
the heart of the wood of Ephraim. On Sundays 
Sergeant Davie Russell always wore his pensioner's 
blue coat with the red facings, the Waterloo Medal 
hanging by the faded crimson ribbon on its left 
breast, and the empty sleeve tacked to the right 

1 ipel of it. It was in the memorable battle which 
e.ided Napoleon's career that he had lost his right 
arm, and ever since he had enjoyed his sergeant's 
pension, with a trifle extra for his wound. Forty 
\ears of peace-time had no whit dulled his recollec- 
tion of the old fighting days, and we boys hung on 
the old soldier's lips as he told us stories of his 
battles. Wellington was his hero. " His soul was as 
a sword, to leap at his accustomed leader's word;" 
t j finish the quotation, " he knew no other lord." 

He used to talk to us of the young general's calm 
face at Assaye, when he ordered forward the Seventy- 
Fourth Regiment — the sergeant's old corps — through 
the hurricane of Mahratta cannon fire to retrieve the 
mischief of the pickets' reckless advance, and how, 
when the Mahratta batteries had been captured with a 
rush, the keen tulwars of the swarthy horsemen were 
slashing into the disordered ranks, until in the nick 
of time the eagle-eyed chief sped Maxwell's light 
dragoons to the relief. Then he would speak of 
Wellington on the Busaco ridge; how, just as Loison's 
supple Frenchmen had climbed the steep and rug- 
ged slope, and were re-forming on the edge of the 
upland, he gave the word to the Scottish regiment, 
which advanced at the double, halted, and poured in 
a volley, and then, bringing the bayonets down to 
the charge, literally pitch-forked the Frenchmen 
headlong down the abrupt declivity. I think we used 
to like best to hear the Sergeant tell of the desperate 
fighting in the storming of Peninsular fortresses 
besieged and taken by Wellington; of "the deadly 
breach in Badajos's walls," when the stormers 
leaped down into the ditch aud struggled up the 
steep face of the battered masonry, only to find 
themselves confronted by the grim tiers of sword- 
blades projecting from massive beams, behind which 
stood drawn up the staunch defenders, sweeping the 
ascent with their musketry fire; of the fierce storm of 
Ciudad Rodrigo, where George Napier lay on the 
slope of the breach, struck down by the wound that 
shattered his arm, and still as he lay waving his 
sword with his sound arm, and cheering on those 
whom his fall had for the moment caused to falter; 
of that strange quarter of an hour on the breach of 
Saint Sebastian, when the stormers, beaten back by 
the fire and steel of the serried defenders, lay down 
by order on the face of the breach, while Graham's 
artillery played over them on the French masses 
defending the crown of it, the aim so fine that one 
of the leading men of the prostrate stormers, rashly 
raising his arm, had his hand carried away by a 
cannon ball. 

Waterloo, too, was a theme on which we used to 
incite the old Sergeant to enlarge; aud I delight to 
remember, as it were yesterday, how the veteran's 
cheek would flush as he told of Wellington slowly 
riding along the line before the battle began, amid 
the cheering of the troops as he passed, cool and 
calm, as had been ever his wont in the old Peninsula 
days, with the high-souled confidence of success on 
the face of the man who had never known what it 
was to lose a battle. Then he would go on to tell of 
the advance of the massive French column up the 
slope on the left of La Haye Sainte, its broad front 
fair against Pictou's weak division; how that warlike 
chief sat on his charger in front of the Cameron 
Highlanders, to which regiment the Sergeant then 
belonged, and vehemently damned as wretched 
cowards the Dutch-Belgian runaways, who fled 



through the firm British line; how, when he saw that 
the right moment had come, he shouted, " A volley, 
and then charge" and how, at the word, the volley 
sped, and the Highlanders, springing through and 
over the ragged hedge, struck the head of the French 
mass with the cold steel. It was in the hand-to-hand 
fight that followed, the Sergeant would recount with a 
jerk and twitch of his stump, that he lost his arm and 
gained his wound-pension; and as two comrades 
helped him to the rear when the French were routed, 
he saw Pictou lying dead with a bullet-hole in his 
forehead. 

Sergeant Russell's family consisted of twin sons, 
who, when I knew them, were already grown men. 
From childhood both had ardently looked forward to 
follow in their father's footsteps, and when in 1846 the 
country was ringing with the news of the victories of 
the first Sikh war — when " Moodkee," " Ferozeshah," 
aud " Sobraon " were in every one's mouth — the 
brothers, then of fit age to take service, had been 
frantic to accept the Queen's shilling aud take a 
share in the stirring doings. But they were entreated 
of their father to stay at home with him while he 
lived, for he was an old man and could not long sur- 
vive. Filial affection constraining the lads, they 
reluctantly consented, and betook themselves to 
civilian avocations. John Russell, the elder twin, a 
taciturn, resolute man of strong character, became a 
stone mason; Aleck, the younger brother, of a 
lighter and less stable nature, took to the trade of a 
carpenter. Both were men of blameless life, and the 
mothers of the parish held up their mutual love to 
the admiration and imitation of their offspring. 

But a shadow was to come between the brothers. 
They both fell in love, and, as ill-fortune would have 
it, they both fell in love with the same girl. I 
remember her well, a pretty, airy creature, the 
daughter of the petty local shopkeeper up in the 
throat of the glen. In her reckless waywardness she 
played the brothers off against each other, and a 
bitter jealousy supplanted the old loyal affection. 
They did not quarrel outright, and both still lived 
under their father's roof; but the elder brother 
glowered sullenly at the younger, and the younger 
would shoot galling jibes at his silent senior. The 
old Sergeant noticed the alienation, and took it so to 
heart that he fell ill, and in a few days a long strag- 
gling procession came winding down the brae to the 
little graveyard by the burnside, and the old soldier 
of the Peninsula and Waterloo was lowered into his 
quiet grave under the willow trees. 

The brothers walked home together, drawn 
together again by their loss. That same evening a 
long silence was broken abruptly by the elder 
brother. 

" See here, Aleck, it can never mair be wi' you an' 
me as it used to be. If ye win that lassie, I s'all hae 
murder in my heart against you; if I win her, ye'll 
nourish against me the hate o' hell. Suppose we 
agree tae lay aside thoughts o' her, heave awa' thae 
trowels an' plummets an' planes an' augers, an' gae 
to the wars as the auld man did afore us. That's 
the trade for us, lad; Brown Bess an' the bayonet 
afore gimlets an' gavels ! " 

The brothers shook hands on the compact, and 
resolved to 'list without delay. They were stirring 
times, those early months of 1849, when news was 
coming home of the outbreak of the second Sikh 
war, and we were reading of the glorious death of 
Cureton, " the fair-haired boy of the Peninsula;" of 
young Herbert Edwardes' ready prowess — a junior 
lieutenant, yet in command of an army with which 
he had won victories and was beleaguering Mooltau; 
of William Havelock's wild gallop to his death across 
the Ramnuggur sands, and of stout old Thackwell's 
stiff combat at Sadoolapore. The old Sergeant had 
not been buried a week when his sons were tramping 
over the hills to Aberdeen, where was the nearest 
recruiting station, and presently we heard that both 
had enlisted in the same regiment, a corps which was 
in sore need of recruits, for it had suffered terrible 
losses in the desperate struggle of Chillianwallah. 
That news would have been the last tidings of the 
brothers that ever reached the highland glen, but for 
one letter from John to the minister of the parish, 
written about the end of 1850. He was doing well in 
the regiment, being already a full corporal; but now 
that there was peace and idleness, Aleck had grown 
restless and had volunteered into another regiment, 
siuce when he had not heard of him. No word more 
came of, or from, either of the brothers, and as the 
years passed they fell out of memory. 

Many years later I paid my first visit to India. The 
seven years of peace, after Chillianwallah and 
Goojerat and the annexation of the Punjaub, had 
been followed by the ghastly period of the great 
Mutiny, and now the blood of the Mutiny had been 
long dry. On the maidan of Cawnpore one could 
scarce discern the traces of the earthworks that had 
constituted Wheeler's intreuchment, and Marochetti's 
marble angel spread pitying wings over the well 
which had been filled to its top with our slaughtered 
ladies and their children. The shot-wrecked Resi 
dency of Lucknow stood, and still stands, in the con- 



dition the relieved garrison left it, a monument of 
that garrison's heroic constancy; but otherwise Ore 
stains of battle had been wiped from the beautiful 
capital of Oude, and gardens bloom where the dead 
had lain thick. The subalterns of Chillianwallah 
and Goojerat were general officers now — those whom 
the climate and the Mutiny had spared — and the talk 
in the chilis and at the mess-tables was no longer of 
old Gough and his "could steel," and of the " Fly- 
ing General " chasing the fugitives of Goojerat into 
the Khyber Pass, but of Clyde and Hugh Rose and 
William Peel and John Nicholson. 

In the course of my travels I was the guest for a 

I week of a general officer who was kind enough to 
recount to me jnany reminiscences of his long period 
of soldiering in India. One of those narratives had 
for me a special pathetic interest, aud perhaps the 
emotion may be in a measure shared in by the reade r 
who shall have already accompanied me thus far. 1 
wrote down the story the same night it was told me, 

I when the old soldier's words were fresh in my 
memory. 

"In the early "Fifties," said the General, "0111 
European troops serving in India were not in good 
case. In those days they were constantly quartered 
in the plains, the barracks were dismal, pestilential, 
thatched sheds, there were none of the comforts the 
soldier now enjoys, aud in the dismal ennui his onlv 
resources were his canteen and the bazaar. The 
revulsion from the stir aud variety of marching and 
fighting, superinduced widespread discontent, and in 
many instances depression intensified into actual 
despair. Quite an epidemic of suicide set in, and was 
but partial y cured by Sir Charles Napier's very Irish 
expedient of sentencing a man to be shot who had 
unsuccessfully attempted to take his own life. At 
this time transportation to West Australia was the 
usual punishment in the army for the military crime 
of grave insubordination. So low had sunk the 
morale of too many of the rank and file, and so 
ardent was the desire for change of any kind, no 
matter what or where, that nun deliberately laid 
themselves out to earn the punishment of transporta- 
tion. This was not a difficult task. The soldier had 
only to make a blow at his superior officer — and all 
above [him from a lance-corporal to the colonel were 
his superior officers-or even to throw a cap or a 
glove at him, to have himself charged with the 
offense of mutinous conduct. The pro forma court- 
martial sat; the soldier pleaded guilty; the sentence 
of transportation was duly ' approved and con- 
firmed,' and presently the man was blithely on his 
voyage to join a chain gang at Perth or Freemantle 

" This state of things was too injurious to the ser- 
vice to be allowed a long continuance. The Com- 
mander-in-Chief promulgated a trenchant order, 
denouncing in strong terms the utter subversion of 
discipline that seemed impending, and sternly inti- 
mating that death, and not transportation any more, 
should in future be the unfailing penalty for the 
crime of using or offering violence to a superior 
officer. The order was read aloud at the head of 
every regiment in India, but its purport did not 
seriously impress the troops. The men were fain to 
regard it in the light of what the Germans call a 
stroke 011 the water, and they did not believe that it 
would be actually put in force. They did not know 
the nature of Sir Charles Napier. 

" It was in my own regiment, then quartered in 
Meerut, that the first offense was committed after the 
promulgation of the order. A young private named 
Creed, who had joined us in India from another 
regiment, one morning casually met on the parade- 
ground a young officer on the staff of the General, 
and without a word threw his cap in the face of the 
aid-de-camp. He was made a prisoner, aud when 
brought before the Colonel, frankly owned that he- 
had no ill-feeling against the officer, whom, indeed; 
he did not know that he had ever seen before, and 
his simple explanation of his conduct was that he 
had acted on ' a sudden impulse.' It was proved, 
however, that the night before the assault he had been 
heard to say in the canteen that he meant to 1 qualify 
for West Australia' within the next twenty-four 
hours. The case was reported to the Commander- 
in-Chief, who directed that the prisoner should be 
tried by a general court-martial, the attention of 
which he called to his recent 01 dcrs. The sentence 
of the court was ' death,' which his Excellency 
approved and confirmed. It was read to the prisoner 
by the Colonel, in front of the regiment, and he was 
informed that the sentence would be carried into 
execution on the morning of the next day but one. 

"The night before the morning fixed for the execu- 
tion there reported himself to me as having joined a 
non-commissioned officer whose arrival I had been 
expecting for some days. Wishing to remain in 
India he had volunteered to us from a regimei t 
which had been quartered at Agra, and which had 
been ordered to return to England. He was scarcely 
a prepossessing looking man, but looked every inch 
a good soldier, and his face indicated self-command 
and dauntless resolution. Standing composedly at 
attention, he handed he the documents connected 



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with his transfer and a private note from the Adjutant 
of the regiment he had quitted. It ran thus — 

",' Sergeant Russell will hand you this note. We 
lose him with great regret; he will do you credit. I 
never have known a better non-commissioned officer. 
Duty to its last tittle is the man's watchword and 
what he lives for. I verily believe were he detailed 
to the duty <>f shooting his own brother, he would 
perform the service without a word of remonstrance. 
1 own that I grudge him to you." 

" I told the newcomer that his late Adjutant had 
given him a high character, and that I was glad to 
have in the regiment a mau so well recommended. 
He saluted silently; I detailed him to a company and 
told him he might go. But as he was leaving the 
orderly room a thought struck me and I recalled him. 
I knew how strong throughout the regiment was the 
sentiment in favor of the poor fellow who was wait- 
ing his doom; and it occurred to me that this new 
Sergeant, who, in the nature of things, could not be a 
warm sharer in this sentiment, was a fitting man to 
detail to the command of the firing party. I briefly 
explained to him the circumstances, and then told 
him to what duty I purposed assigning him. 1 Very 
well, sir,' was his calm remark; ' it is an unpleasaut 
duty, certainly, but I can understand the reason why 
you put it on me.' Then, telling him to apply to 
the regimental sergeant-major for details, 1 let 
him go. 

" I need not ask you whether you have ever seen a 
military execution; it is the most solemn and 
fortunately the rarest of all our military spectacles. 
It was not yet daylight when all the troops of the 
garrison, both Kuropean aud native, were on march 
to the great parade-ground. The regiments, as thev 
arrived, wheeled into position, the whole forming 
three sides of a vast square, the dressed ranks facing 
inwards. The dead silence was presently broken by 
the roll of the drum, announcing the approach of the 
procession escorting the doomed man, and a moment 
later the head of it rounded the flank of one of the 
faces of the great hollow square. Iu effect the vet 
living so.iher was inarching iu his own funeral pro- 
cession, his step keeping time to the swell and cad- 
ence of his own dirge. At the head of the sombre 
cortege was borne the empty coffin of the man whose 
sands of life were running out; there followed in 
slow march, with arms reversed, the execution party 
of twelve privates and a corporal, under the com- 
mand of S.rgeant Russl-11; and then a full military 
band, from wiiose instruments there pealed and 
wailed alternately the Dead March in Sun. There 
was a little interval of space, aud then, alone save 
for the Presbyterian chaplain walking beside him in 
his Geneva gown, aud praying in low, earnest 
accents, marened with linn step the condemned nun. 
his face calm, but whiter than the white cap on 
his head. Close behind marched, with fixed bay- 
onets, a corporal and a file of men of the quarter- 
guard. Thus was constituted what, save for the cen- 
tral figure of it, who still lived and moved and had 
his being, and for the empty coffin, was in every 
attribute a funeral procession. 

" The parade came to the ' shoulder ' as the little 
column, wheeliug to its right after clearing the flank 
by which it had entered the square, began its slow, 
solemn progress along the front of the left face. I 
felt the throbbing strains of the Dead March becom- 
ing actual torture to me long before the procession, 
moving iu its measured march along the successive- 
faces, had reached the front of the centre, where 
stood the regiment to which the prisoner and myself 
belonged. 'Steady, men!" shouted the Colonel 
hoarsely, as he felt rather than heard or saw the 
involuntary shiver that ran along the ranks as the 
firm, pale face slowly passed. With an upward 
glance at the chief, the poor fellow straightened him- 
self and set his shoulders more square, as if he took 
his officer's word of command to include him also. 
His chum broke into noisy weeping, and a young 
officer swooned, but the doomed man strode steadily 
on, without the quiver of a muscle of his set face. 

" At length the long, cruel progress was completed, 
and the head of the procession drew off to the centre 
of the unoccupied fourth face of the square; the 
coffin-bearers laid down their burden there and 
retired, and Sergeant Russell drew up his firing 
party into two ranks fronting toward the coffin, at a 
distance of about thirty paces. The band ceased its 
s >mbre music and wheeled aside. The prisoner, 
accompanied still by the clergyman, marched steadily 
up to his coffin, on which the two knelt down. 

"The clergyman's ministrations were almost 
immediately interrupted. At a signal from the Gen- 
oral the Judge-Advocate rode out from the staff, and, 
moving forward to the flank of the firing party, read 
in so-iorous tones the warrant for the condemued 
soldier's execution. Universal admiration and com- 
passion were stirred by the soldierly bearing of the 
man as he listened to the official authorization of his 
doom. As the Judge-Advocate approached he had 
risen from the kneeling position, doffed his cap, and 
sprung smartly to 'attention,' retaining that attitude 
until the end, when he saluted respectfully and knelt 



down agaiu as the minister rejoined him. There was 
a short interval of prayer; thcu the Judge-Advocate ] 
beckoned to the chaplain to retire, and the soldier 
remained alone, kneeling on his coffin-lid there, face 
to face with imminent death in the midst of the 
strained and painful silence. 

" Marching at the head of the procession, the mem- 
bers of the firing party had no Opportunity of seeiug 
their unfortunate comrade until he had reached his 1 
coffin and was kneeling iu front of where Sergeant 
Russell had drawn up the party of which he had the [ 
command. I should tell you that the sergeant of an 
execution party carries a loaded pistol, with which it | 
it is his stern duty to fulfill the accomplishment of the ; 
sentence if the volley of his command shall not have 
been promptly fatal. The corporal of the parly lold I 
me afterward that after it had taken position Ser- 
geant Russell spent some time in examining their 
muskets, and that the prisoner had for some little 
time been kneeling on his coffin before the Sergeant 
looked at him. As he gazed he suddenly started, 
beca.ne deadly pale, muttered more than once, ' My I 
God, my God,' and was for several minutes visibly 
perturbed, but later, although still ghastly pah- ami 
having a strange ' raised ' expression, he pulled him- 
self together and was alert in his duty. What I 
myself saw and heard was, that after the parsou had 
withdrawn, aud Sergeant Russell approached the 
prisoner to fulfill the duty of blindfolding and pin- 
ioning him, the latter gave a great start aud, throw- 
ing up his arms, uttered a loud exclamation. 

" The feeling in the regiment, as I have told you, 
was exceedingly bitter against the sentence, aud I 
there happened just what I had apprehended. In 
the dead silence Sergeant Russell's deliberate order, 
' Make ready ! ' Present ! ' ' Pire ! ' rang out like 
the knell of fate. The volley sped; the light smoke 
drifted aside; and lo ! the prisoner still knelt scathe- 
less on his coffin. 

"There was a brief pause, and then Sergeant Rus- 
sell, with his face bleached to a ghastly pallor, but 
set and resolute, his step firm, strode up to the kneel- 
ing blindfolded man, pistol in hand, aud— did his 
duty. But he did not return to the party he com- 
manded. No, he remained standing over the pros- 
trate figure, and was deliberately reloading the 
pistol. 

"'What the devil is the man doing? 
General testily. 

" ' Probably, sir," answered the Assistant 
General, ' he has not fully accomplished 
He seems a mau of exceptional nerve ! ' 

" ' Well.' said the General, ' I wish he'd be sharp 
about it ! 

"Sergeant Russell did not detain the chief unrea- 
sonably long. Having reloaded it, he put the pistol 
to his temple, drew trigger, and fell dead across his 
brother's body. 

"For that they were brothers," continued the 
General after a pause, " the papers found in their 
effects proved conclusively. The younger one, 
Alexander, had joined us in a false name. By the 
way. they were countrymen of your own--natives of 
Glenvorlich iu Banffshire." — Archibald Forbes in Bar- 
racks, Bivouacs and Battles. 



eat headquarters of the East Oakland Club requires 
hardly any grading and a sufficiently long lease could 
easily be obtained to warrant the members in laying 
out two, or possibly three more courts, which, with the 
addition of a handsome clubhouse, would make this 
organization as attractive as the California Club 
grounds, and place it upon an equal footing with the 
best clubs in the country. 

The fiual match of the Alameda County cham- 
pionship will be played off on Saturday next; the 
contest has dwindled down to Bates and S. Xeel. 
The playing on Saturday last was brilliant through- 
out, but the spectators were much disappointed at 
Hubbard not appearing to play with Bates A great 
many of Hubbard's friends have said that it was a 
case of scare, but it seems hardly probable as there 
was no one in the contest that had any license to 
defeat the clever Lakeside man. 

Professor Daily has been practicing considerably of 
late with Miss Bertha Crouch, the Coast champion; 
her back-hand stroke receives a great deal of atten- 
tion, and when she is called upon to defend her title 
of champion, in September next, a great improvement 
will surely be noticed in this particular stroke, which 
was her weak point in the last tournameut. 

The lineman in to-day's match should lie carefully 
selected aud thus a great deal of unnecessarsy quab- 
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LAWN TENNIS. 



The court of the California Tennis Club will no 
doubt be the scene of a very 'close match this after- 
noon, provided, of course, that the weather remains 
pleasant. The teams that will contest are without 
doubt the strongest that have ever been put out on 
the Pacific Coast. The outcome of this match is 
awaited with much interest by the local lovers of 
tennis. Bates and S. Xeel, the East Oakland repre- 
sentatives, are favorites, owing to their many clever 
victories in the past series, and also to the fact of their 
having played together continually for the last year. 
Tobin and W. H. Taylor, Jr., the crack team of the 
California Club, will try aud carry the red and white 
to victory, and although they have not played much 
as a team they can be depended upon to render a 
good account of themselves in a match. Each club has 
four victories and two defeats to their credit, and 
to-day's match will decide the winner of the silken 
banner. 

The league series closes to-day, aud has proved to 
be a beneficial affair throughout. The many clubs 
would do much better, though, if they would practice 
more teams and give more attention to the develop- 
ment of their younger players. The East Oakland 
Club will have a number of teams in trim for the next 
series. Driscoll and Sanborn, the left-handed cyclones, 
will make some of the more important teams "rus- 
tle." A team of left-handers will be an innovation 
on the Coast — their appearance is anxiously looked 
forward to. 

The consolidation of the Lakeside aud East Oak- 
laud Clubs seems to meet with the general approba- 
tion of the members of both organizations. The idea 
of Oakland being represented by one large club is no 
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For what we get in the theatrical line we 
should be truly thankful. It is so long since 
we had a dollar-and-a-half company present 
anything that approached comedy that we are 
properly grateful to the fortune that sent us 
" Mr. Wilkinson's Widows," even if it par- 
takes more of the farce than was expected. 
This seems to be the close season for genuiue 
comedy troupes, and the comedy of realization 
is a horse of another color beside the comedy 
of expectalion. 

Mr. Gillette has done excellent work in his 
adaptation of Bisson's rather broad farce, and 
although the American theatre-goer loses 
something by the translation, he has no cause 
to complain, as if the play had been presented 
in anything approaching the original he would 
have thought twice before inviting his femi- 
nine friend to'see it. Mr. Wilkenson had the 
matrimonial malady to such an extent that he 
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Edinburgh and London, and by a curious and 
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same hour, hundreds of miles apart. How he 
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are so many things unexplained in the comedy- 
farce that it would be useless to consider so 
slight an affair as that. The plot is cast aside 
early in the proceedings, and untrammeled by 
restrictions, the mummers make merry in a 
variety of ways. 

" Mr. Wilkinson's Widows" is a howling 
success. Somebody starts the laugh early in 
the first act, and the spectators do not regain 
control of their risibilities until they are on the 
street. Yet the fun is by no means refined; 
the mummers are required to labor hard; they 
perform wondrous feats of pedestiianism; grow 
purple in the face with vocal exertions; per- 
spire freely, because of their manual labor; 
have fits on the stage of unusual violence and 
length, but through it all are encouraged by 
the ready laughter and hearty applause of the 
spectators. I do not say that the lines are not 
as funny as the action; and many a well- 
meant joke would beg the charity of recogni- 
tion in vain were it not accompanied by a 
mirth-compelling contortion. There are no 
surprises in the play; the auditor knows all 
about it after the usual explanations in the 
first act have been made; but this does not 
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characters; and the mistakes they make, while 
obvious to the spectator, are regarded as venial 
offenses, inasmuch as they reach over his cre- 
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cannot recall a better comedy company than 
this that I have seen here for a long time. 
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and stagey; she does her very best, I believe, 
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capably carried; Miss Ferguson is charming 
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Miss Woods appeared as a host in herself; 
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tempers would be severely tried by the wretched 
weather with which it has pleased heaven to afflict us 
daring the past week. 

However, if we could not go out, we could remain 
in, planning the campaign for the remainder of the 
season, and I assure you, we girls have not been idle. 
Let the boasted bachelors beware — early next month 
they will meet their Waterloo. Of course, our beaux 
have had recourse to the St. Claire for their amuse- 
ment, the literary, their reading clubs, and now 
we are all going to '"arise and shine." 

The long-talked-of " University Extension Club" 
is born. It thrives. Auspicious omens waited on its 
birth, and its success is declared. This is the atmos- 
phere wherein such things thrive, for .San Jose is the 
educational centre. One thing is inspiring — that is, 
the utter absence of cliques. The Club numbers 
among its directors a Unitarian preacher, a Congrega- 
tional minister, and a Baptist divine. The Church 
will probably wait before sending a representative, 

but some of the fold will be there. Miss Lucy W , 

the Sbakespeariau scholar and critic, is Secretary. 

We have to mourn the loss of our sweet siuger, 
Lena Voltz, who leaves very soon to make her home 
in Boston. Society generally, will miss her, for her 
manners are as charming as the dulcet tones of her 
pure voice. Bon voyage, Lena. 

Seattle has stolen another of onr belles — Stella 

M 1, but she was rather lofty in her ideas of manly 

excellence, and fancied that a man could not be enter- 
taining unless his brains had received as much cultiva- 
tion as his heels; so, despite her beautiful eyes, the 
men were a little afraid of her. 

When 1 tell you that our poet and musician, Clar- 
ence U g, is flirting with the Los Angeles belles, 

you will understand we have another grievance. 
Let those Southern belles make the most of their 
opportunity. The girl who will wear orange blossoms 
at his request is here. 

Dr. Ledyard is out again, after a severe bout with 
the grippe. He looks more distingui than ever, pale 
and intellectual, you see. 

Driving up Second Street, the long line of hand- 
some houses shows both ou* prosperity and our taste. 
The Hales are making some changes in their resi- 
dence, which will give it not only a more attractive 
exterior, but render it more commodious. While the 
changes are being wrought they are at the Vendome. 
We are anticipating a fine house-warming. 

Mrs. P. Louie K g has been very ill, but is 

recovering. She is an enthusiast on musical matters 
and a brilliant performer. 

Although our pavements have not invited prome- 
naders, a few of our girls have ventured out, con- 
spicuous among these, Stella L n, and her female 

Fides Achates, can be seen almost every afternoon 
walking with that ease which " comes from art not 
chance," cheeks glowing, eyes sparkling and the 
elastic step that tells of health born of exercise in 
the open air. If more would follow their example, 
the occupation of the "Beauty Doctors" would be 
like Othello's. 

The Mauvais family are contemplating a removal. 
Too bad ! 1 don't see how they can give up that 
lovely home on the avenue. Juliette will be an acqui- 
sition to your Society, for she is a brilliant talker as 
well as a graceful dancer. After a dance with her I 
feel as if I had taken a glass of good French wine. 

Miss W was out riding the other day. She has 

a good mount, but is not graceful in the saddle, per- 
haps, because she effects the English style. There 

never has been an equestrienne here to equal R 

V that was. That girl used to dash through the 

streets in a way to make a circus rider turn green 
with envy. Too bad she put herself " under the 
ban." 

M F n, formerly of your city, is recovering 

in our sanitarium. Poor fellow ! his heart was as big 
as the universe, but he worked his brain too con- 
stantly. His piquant little wife used to be one of 
our most brilliant belles. Let's wish them prosperity 
in this new year. 

You'll hardly believe that I met "Kitty," all in 
black the other day, even to the gloves that encased 
her faultless hands. She looked well, too, but I 
wondered at her sombre array. Mourning ? Oh, no ! 
What then ? Mischief, I assure you. What business 
has she to be more attractive than the young girls ? 
If you want the genuine article of fun and frolic, get 

into a corner with her and Mrs. Charley W . 

Pepy's diary would have gained piquancy if he had 
known them. 

Dame Rumor says that Cora E is soon to enter 

the journalistic ranks. She has been receiving 

instruction in the art from Dave F , and he finds 

his pupil intelligent and attractive. Please give the 
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FRESNO HAPPENINGS. 



The elaborate programme prepared for the enter- 
tainment of the Press Club is uearing completion. 
The several committees anticipate most satisfactory 
results from their tireless efforts, while Fresno is will- 
ingly prepared to spread itself on this meritorious 
occasion. This being our first opportunity of paying 
our respects to a convention of brainy men, we pur- 
pose doing it in a manner becoming our prosperous 
city and intelligent citizens, not as the great and only 
Marcus would have had it, as if we were a lot of cow- 
boys. Really, dear Wave, you should have attended 
that meeting Friday evening in the parlors of the 
Hughes Hotel. " Kilkenny cats " were nowhere in 
comparison. V "i"was a rare treat, I assure you. One 
proposed a drive and banquet, another a grand recep- 
tion and ball, another a Buffalo Bill wild west show, 
another an excursion on the mountain railroad and a 
barbecue, etc., etc. 

Colonel Forsythe's indignant protest against the 
wild west show and barbecue was deserving of the 
heartiest applause, and I sincerely trust those Eastern 
pressmen do not imagine our advancement has been 
no greater than that of the cattle herders on the 
plains. r The numerous clubs are presumably travel- 
ing over this country to note not only the improve- 
ment in a literary sense, but the progress an intelligent 
body of enterprising men have made in a young and 
glorious State. Mr. Pollasky threw up his interest 
in the meeting when he found the prominent citizens 
present couldn't coincide with his views. I see he is 
still a member of a committee. 

Well, I can assure the visitors a hearty welcome 
and a really pleasant, civilized time when they arrive 
in our midst. Colonel Forsythe will entertain the 
visitors at his vineyard, and the pride he takes in 
showing his lovely place will be a secondary con- 
sideration beside the new sou and heir. Woodworth 
Vineyard is also honored by the arrival of a little 
heiress. Oh, we folks will have to take a back seat 
very shortly to make room " in the swim " for these 
young Society ladies and gentlemen. Well, if the 
latter two are even one-half as lovely and gracious as 
their respective mothers, they will be fit leaders for 
the best Society in the country. Imp tips her hat 
to the little Colonel and the little Miss Colonel. 

I've written so long on the Press Club that I've but 
little space left for the Unity last Friday evening and 
the Club party last night. The Unity was well 
attended. It is rapidly growing in popularity with 
our Society folks. Two "small and early" poker 
games were given at the Hughes during the week, 
and Mrs. Higgins entertained the Whist Club at her 
residence last week. These and a theatre or two have 
been our only dissipation. Now for last night's 
dance. 

I never had so many lovely partners, and the girls 
never looked half as pretty before. Several strange 
girls were present, and, as is usual, the} - monopolized 
the boys. I was delighted to see the Misses Oothout; 
they attend so few of the dances, I presume it's the 
long drive from their ranch into town that causes 
their absence. They are such jolly girls that Imp 
wishes they could change places with some of the 
town girls, who are too stiff and formal to even smile 
in the dance hall. 

The bride was there, and looked very sweet and 
pretty, wearing a most artistic gown. L,izzie wore 
white silk en train, and it showed off her pretty figure 
to perfection. Esther wore a swell gown of gray 
crepe, embroidered in cut steel. Mrs. Eggers chap- 
eroned three young ladies, two being strangers. Miss 
Roeding was as pretty as a picture in pale blue bro- 
caded satin. I never saw brother and sister so ««like 
as she and George. Corrine Fergusor. was becomingly 
attired in lavender silk and^Kitty in red. Mrs. Rue was 
one of the most charming matrons iti the hall, and wore 
lavender silk and lace. Miss Stadler aud Mrs. Williams 
were charming in red silk and gray crepe. Marcus 
thought he had discovered Imp in Rose, and conse- 
quently put on his prettiest manners. It was sur- 
prising how good his eyesight was last night. I do 
think, dear Wavk, that a ballroom is no place for an 
engaged man, or a man in love. Just imagine your- 
self in your brightest mood, chatting away to a man 
who gazes right past you into his lady-love's eyes, 
and doesn't hear orj see any one but that one girl in 
the whole room. Ugh ! Lee, Phonse, Tom, and 
Frank should be shaken up in a bag together. 

Imp. 



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OAKLAND HAPPENINGS. 



Oakland, January 13, 1892. Dkar Wave: — There 
is a dearth of news this week: no social gatherings 
and nothing to tell about but sad events, which re- 
minders are far better left unchronicled. I am still 
confined to the house with la grippe, and all the news 
I gather is from Tom, who is becoming rather wary 
about confiding secrets and gossip to me. He says 
that I am the source of constant trouble to him, and 
that Harry Melvin is his latest annoyance — all on 
account of what I said about that "Italian Opera" 
story. Harry shouldn't be so sensitive about a trifle 
of that kind. Now that he occupies the place in my 
affections that Billy formerly did, he will go and get 
engaged or married— they always do immediately 
after I bring them into public notoriety. The girls 
are commencing to angle after him, and all because I 
so often speak of him, or perhaps they discovered 
that Harry's present position is on the high road to 
fame as has been the case with Judge Laidlaw, Judge 
Snook, and Judge Henshaw. 

Tom was one of the ushers at Agnes Hamilton's 
wedding. He says that Agnes never looked so lovely 
— her gown was white cloth, tailor made, belle skirt, 
Rembrandt hat, white plumes, bouquet of lilies of 
the valley, which speaks well for Clarence's taste 
" Call Me Thine Own " was played during the beauti- 
ful Episcopal ceremony, which was performed by our 
favorite Dr. Ritchie, and her brother Ned gave her 
away. Tom's descriptive powers are well developed 
you see. He says that he envied Arthur Pope who 
was best man, as it enabled him to escort the maid 
of honor, Miss Hollister, of Sacramento, who was ex- 
quisitely gowned in yellow — the boys are all willing 
to fall victims to her charms. The expression of our 
Adonis, Arthur, was that of supreme content, and he 
doubtless was wondering when the eventful dav would 
come to him — she is in Paris, you know. It will be 
one of the regrets of my life that I was two ill to 
attend the wedding breakfast at Mrs. Hamilton's and 
the dinner party that the Tay girls, of San Francisco, 
gave to Mrs. Clarence Gray, nit Agnes Hamilton. At 
both places there was much merry-making. The 
happy couple are now enjoying the dolce fur niente of 
Coronado. On Jit, it was quite a relief to see a differ- 
ent set doing the honors of groomsmen, ushers, etc. 

Usually we have Harry H Kd V , Gus Mc 

and Henry S , while in this case Kdgar Harris, 

Fritz Knight, Jim Knight, Jim Ames, and Phil 
Remillard distinguished themselves. You remember, 
dear, they all took part in " Held by the Knemy," 
and since then are coming to the front socially. 

Speakiug of weddings reminds nie that we possibly 
will be invited to another before many months, as 
the announcement will soon be made of the engage- 
ment of a stately Pruitvale heiress to a certain voting 
man who has long beeu devoted in that direction. 
Isn't it fortunate that we have so many heiresses ? 
There is Tom Prather, Harry Hinckley, the Henshaw 
boys, Rob Knight, John P. Jackson, Wm. Dingee. 
and Will Ralston, all who married for love, even 
thought their brides happened to be heiresses. There 
is still a wide field for fortune hunters, as there are 
numerous well- lowered damsels of every description 
still to be found in this burg, 

All Society-lovers are looking forward to the recep- 
tion Hint handsome Jack Lithrop and his wife intend 
giving just as soon as they occupy their new home at 
Piedmont Heights What a popular couple they are, 
have innumerable friends everywhere, and no one is 
more gifted in the art of entertaining. Their recep- 
tion will be one of the events of the season. Jack 
has quite a number of bright city friends, so at last 
we girls are going to meet a few new men. Do hope 
that I will succeed in making an impression 011 one of 
the Rose Leaves. Perhaps the absence of so many of 
our belles accounts for the dullness of this winter. 
There are the Whitney girls in different parts of the 
globe they always did know how to enjoy them- 
selves, and Jessie Coleman, who is finding a Wash- 
ington winter delightful, she will never be content in 
Oakland again. The Henshaws are expected home 
next month. How much more improved Hettie's 
sister would have been had she gone with them. Am 
too ill to write any more, so will say adieu. Yours 

londly, Prou Prou. 
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San Francisco, January 23, 1892. 



" THE WAVE'S " PORTRAIT ALBUM. 

The gentlemen whose portraits appear on the cover 
this week are too well known to need even a "bare 
mention." They have been foremost in the struggle 
to bring about a feeling of harmony between the 
miners and the farmers, and from the manner in 
which the Miners' Convention was conducted, it 
seems as if they had succeeded. 



SPLASHES. 

We bury heroes of romances every day, 
and this generation forgets the famous men 
of the last. There was A. A. Snyder, who 
passed away only a few days ago; the daily 
press noted his death and funeral in a few 
lines; and yet this old man, who was a noted, 
character on the streets for years, had a 
history of a most interesting nature. He was 
the son of Governor Snyder, of Virginia, 
whose family was the foremost in that State in 
the early part of the century. A thirst for 
adventure attacked his son early in life, and 
he ran away from home, shipping as a cabin 
boy in one of the ships bound for England. 
Thence he made his way to France, where he 
deserted his ship. Without money and un- 
able to speak the language, he walked from 
Marseilles to Paris, and arrived there starving 
and footsore. 

* * * 

An old flower-woman who had a stand on 
the Pont Neuf took pity on him, and engaged 
him for a few sous a day to assist her in mak- 
ing the bouquets. Snyder remained there for 
a year, but found his occupation unsuited to 
his tastes. He determined to get back to 
England, and worked his passage to London. 
Hunger broke his spirit, and he wrote to his 



San Francisco, January 23, 1892. 

mother asking her to send him money enough 
to get home on ; and the Virginia home was 
made glad again by tidings from the long-lost 
boy. The Governor sent his son ^50, 
and out of this grew diplomatic difficulties 
that were likely to result in a serious broil. 
When young Snyder got the order for the 
money, he took it to a bank to be cashed, but 
so ragged was his appearance, and so little did 
he look like one who could be in honest pos- 
session of a demand for such an amount, that 
the authorities refused to hand him the 
money. He was told to get witnesses ; but 
no one knew him ; his order was taken 
from him, and he was cast into prison, on the 
charge of having stolen the order. He got 
his story to the American Consul, and there 
was a row at once. When Snyder was 
released, he found he was a cause celebre . But 
apologies were made, the matter was settled, 
and the boy returned to Virginia, where he 
remained for some years. 

* * * 

In 1849, Snyder came to California, and 
became a contractor. His chief possession at 
the time of his death was the first sign used 
by Flood & O'Brien, when they went into 
partnership ; this he made for the famous 
firm. He bought property on Halleck Street, 
nursed his earnings, and became rich. Then 
he married Lucky Baldwin's daughter, who, 
however, some time later deserted him for 
Budd Doble, the horseman. That was a sad 
incident in his life, and left him with a bitter 
feeling in his heart. He went into all kinds 
of extravagances ; his property melted away, 
and a few years ago he became an'insurance 
adjuster. As such he made a reputation. 
Mr. Snyder was a courtly, kindly man ; a 
typical argonaut, and one whose passing away 
was deserving of more attention than a few 
lines. 

The Borehemian Club is in rather a quandary 
about its headquarters. Its lease of the club- 
rooms vacated by the Pacific expires this 
year, and there is a question about obtaining 
a renewal. The building is the property of 
William M. Lent, and for the three floors he 
receives a rental of between $800 and $900 
per month. It is very positive he could not 
obtain better terms from any other institution. 
There is some talk about purchasing a lot, or 
of making terms with some capitalist to erect 
a suitable structure — as the Union Club did. 
It will have to be done, sooner or later. It 
would then be possible to have a larger num- 
ber of sleeping-rooms than are at present 
available. For a single man there are mani- 
fold advantages in residing at one's club, and 
that is one reason why there are always a 



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score of applications for vacant apirtraents 
both at the Borehemian and the Pacific-Union. 

* * * 

There is no question that the Club will 
remain where it is, if Mr. Lent can be induced 
to agree to terms, and to make a lease for a 
certain number of years. It would be no joke 
moving the paraphernalia that mikes up 
Borehemia, and, if there is no ''jinks" room, 
the other apartments are very luxurious. 
Still, a little enterprise is not inadvisable. 
The Concordia, by erecting the h indsotne 
structure on Van Ness Avenue, steps into the 
front ranks of Clubdom. The Olympic Club 
has a magnificent structure in course of erec- 
tion. It will be some time before the Union 
League can occupy its own home, but the 
preliminary steps have been taken. Presi-ient 
Phelan might signalize the remaining months 
of his term by inaugurating a building scheme. 
It would be a capital idea, and the bright 
artistic lights could enjoy themselves devising 
plans for decorations, and suggesting the inte- 
rior details of a huge "jiuks" hall, wherein 
papers full of wit, humor, satire, and other 
qualites might suitably be exploited. 

Footbau, is in THE ascendant. The 
next match is to be played in Central Park this 
afternoon, the contesting teams being those 
of the Olympic Club and the Napa College. 
The local institution will put quite a strong 
eleven in the field, and if the Napa men 
know aught about the game there should be a 
good deal of fun. There is a strong disposi- 
tion in Society to patronize football. Several 
parties are being organized, and I venture to 
predict a crowd almost as large as that 
gathered to witness the Harvard-Yale football 
match. When the populace really becomes 
familiar with the rush and excitement of this 
most interesting game, baseball will have to 
hide a diminished head. In football there is 
always something occurring. Some one is 
continually accepting the consequences of the 
rushes and scrimmages. 

* * * 

The high-water mark of male enthusiasm 
is ordinarily reached at a prize fight. One 
can get just as excited over a football contest. 
Physical strength and skill are called into 
play, and the cleverest and heaviest men win. 
I am told the Napa men have been in train- 
ing for some time, and are formidable oppo- 
nents. The San Francisco team will be 
similar to that which made short work of the 
Los Angeles men. Ricketts is hardly in con- 
dition yet to participate, and his place as full 
back will be taken by Morse, an exceedingly 
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captains the Olympics. The game com- 
mences at three o'clock. 

* * * 

As the year advances the dearth of gaiety 
grows more conspicuous. It is customary in 
California to speak of the last Legislature 
as the worst, of the past winter as the dullest, 
but just as the sessiou of 1891 was marked 
by the most extravagant depravity, so the sea- 
son of 1S92 will be hauded dowu to posterity as 
tame beyond compare. To attribute the pre- 
vailing torpidity to any one cause seems 
unfair. The climate has been saddled with a 
portion of it; business stagnation has borne 
its part; some have gone so far as to allege 
laziness as the reason most responsible for lack 
of entertaining enterprise. It does not seem to 
me, however, that mere logic and analysis are 
going to improve the status of Society. It 
is energy that is necessary. If San Francisco 
did not abound in mansions admirably 
adapted for hospitality, one might excuse the 
absence of festivity, but there are palaces 
on our avenues and the stateliest of residences 
on our streets. It is true there are mausoleums 
on Nob Hill. 

* * * 

Mrs. Hager opened her new home, on 
the corner of Gough and Sacramento Streets, 
by a dance, given in honor of Miss Childs, of 
Los Angeles. The interior of this residence, 
which was known as the Josselyn house, is 
one of the most artistic in the city. Round 
the larger hall there is grouped a series of 
exquisite parlors, furnished in different tones. 
The drawing-room, in particular, decorated in 
delicate tints, with the softest of lace hangings 
and the daintiest and most modern of chairs 
and couches, is an exceedingly beautiful apart- 
ment. Some seventy-five invitations had 
been sent out, and there were about one hun- 
dred men and girls present. Dancing com- 
menced at an hour fashionably late, but was 
not prosecuted with extraordinary vigor, the 
guests seeming to find more attractive the 
cosy corners so admirably adapted for tete-a- 
tetes. Altogether it was an exceedingly enjoy- 
able affair, and the girls looked their best. 

* * * 

Some very pretty dresses were worn. Miss 
Hager was in white, and looked handsomer 
than even in her cotillion costume. She was 
an admirable hostess. Miss Ames, in a cos- 
tume that displayed her splendid figure and 
stately carriage to perfection; Miss Childs, in 
a dainty confection of white silk and tulle; 
Miss Beth Sperry and Miss Marguerite Wal- 
lace were noticeable among the maidens. A 
delicious supper was served after midnight, 
and the guests dispersed about 2:30 A. Mv 

* * * 

Society has every reason to be thankful for 
Miss Child's visit. A series of lunches, 
teas, and theatre parties have been given in 
her honor, and every moment of her time 
has been taken up. On .Saturday night last 
Mrs. Sheldon gave her a dinner, and on Mon- 
day night Mr. Joseph Tobin gave a theatre 
party for her at the California. The Voorhies' 



tea on Monday afternoon was one of the most 
successful of the season. It proved that 
Saturday is not the only day on which the 
men can be induced to attend afternoon gath- 
erings. There was quite a strong representa- 
tion of the sterner sex. Miss Childs, Miss 
Hager, Miss Scott, and Miss Maynard assisted 
the Misses Voorhies to entertain their visitors. 
To-morrow afternoon Miss Hager gives a 
small tea in honor of her guest, and on Tues- 
day Mrs. Adam Grant gives a lunch to eighty- 
five girls, which is certain to be one of the 
most interesting of the season. Wednesday 
Miss Childs will return to Los Angeles. 

Miss Childs is a daughter of the late O. 
W. Childs, the Los Augeles millionaire. She 
is a very charming girl, a blonde, slender, 
refined, graceful, and a most agreeable con- 
versationalist. With her mother and sisters 
she spent part of last summer season at Del 
Monte. The Childs mansion at Los Angeles 
is one of the haudsomest in the Southern 
metropolis. 

The first oi the monthly receptions inaugu- 
rated by the officers and ladies of Angel Island 
was a decided social success. The " General 
McDowell" left Washington Street Wharf 
promptly at 1:15 p. m., last Thursday, with 
a gay assemblage, and headed for Angel Island, 
arriving there at 2:25. - The fine band of the 
First Infantry greeted the coming of the boat 
with the lively air of "Garry Owen." The vis- 
itors found their way to the Music Hall, where 
they were received by Mrs. Shafter, assisted 
by her charming daughter, Mrs. McKittrick, 
and the ladies of the Post. The hall was 
beautifully and artistically decorated with 
evergreens festooned along the walls and ceil- 
ing, stacks of arms, and flags. The dancing 
arrangements were all that could be desired, 
and, accordingly, dancing began early and 
lasted until the " McDowell " gave the sign 
of departure. The punch was exquisite, 
brewed, as it was, under the direction of Mrs. 
Shafter, and the refreshments bountiful. 
* * * 

There is a veritable epidemic of girls' 
lunches. They are almost as elaborate as din- 
ners, and are not half as much fun. Indeed, so 
much skill is expended on preparing menus, and 
the succession is so rapid, that some of the pop- 
ular girls are becoming gourmets. Over ordi- 
nary food they grow supercilious, and a few 
have actually come to institute comparisons 
between chefs. The cultivation of tastes so 
expensive will eventually lead to an insistence 
on life in French restaurants — a type of career 
that conies rather costly. Quite the prettiest 
lunch of the season was given by Miss Hol- 
brook on Thursday last. In the dining-room 
of her home on Van Ness Avenue six tables 
were spread, each decorated in a different 
shade — blue, red, lavender, green, violet, and 
white. There were flowers to match. The 
effect was quite charming, as .11 effort was 

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made to have the costumes to harmonize with 
the tables. The menu, by Ludwig, was very 
dainty. Brandt supplied music. 

* * * 

Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs is expected to arrive 
here early in February. She will, of course, 
bring young Master Hermie with her. The 
object of the trip, it is said, is to make arrange- 
ments for the sale of the Fair mansion. I 
wonder which of our enterprising capitalists 
will be the purchaser. The house is one of 
the best in the city for giving large entertain- 
ments in, and it is to be hoped that some one 
with money and enterprise will acquire it. 

I regret to hear of the serious indisposition 
of Mrs. Hobart. Her condition is so danger- 
ous that a number of the leading physicians 
of the city have been summoned to a consulta- 
tion. I am told there is but slight hope of 
her recovery. Mrs. Robert Johnson is also 
very ill. She is suffering from an aggravated 
attack of the prevailing disorder, la grippe 
Everything that medical science can sug- 
gest is being done for her, and it is to be 
hoped this charitable lady will recover. 

Earnest La Montague and his brother and 
sister will arrive from New York on Friday 
next. His marriage to Miss Gatherwood will 
take place in the Cathedral on the following 
Thursday. It is to be a very elaborate cere- 
monial and a special musical service has been 
arranged. Archbishop Riordan will officiate, 
assisted by the Rev. Prendergast. The ushers 
will be Mr. Greenway, Mr. Hooker, Mr. 
Shortridge, Mr. Byrne, Mr. Alick, and Mr. 
George Loughborough. A wedding break 
fast at the residence of Mrs. Catherwood will 
follow the ceremony. 

* * * 

Mrs. Volney Spalding left for Virginia City 
on Wednesday evening, and will be the 
guest of Mrs. John Gillig for a week or ten 
day. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gillig have started 
on their tour around the world, and will be 
gone for some months. They will return to 
California by way of China and Japan. 

* * * 

Mrs. E. B. Crocker is about ready to depart 
from California, and I am told she will never 
return. Frank Unger is in Sacramento clos- 
ing up her affairs, and the moment accounts 
are settled the lady will leave. As far as 
possible, she will rid herself of her financial 
interests in thd Golden State, and will invest 
in Eastern properties. She will take from 
$3,000,000 to $5,000,000 with her; part of 
this was intended for distribution among 
California charities, but they will not receive 
a penny. I am informed that Mrs. Crocker 
will have her will re-written, and that her 
fortune will go to her relatives. • 

* * * 

Mrs. Crocker never will recover from the 
verdict brought in by a Sacramento jury, 
which said plainly that her oath was not to 
be believed. Few women enjoy the respect 



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and esteem of the people at large in the 
degree that she does, and the verdict almost 
broke her heart. It was practically reversed, 
however, by the trial of the domestic's suit 
against Mrs. Gillig. Mrs. Crocker has been 
exceedingly kind to Sacramento, and the 
withdrawal of her patronage will seriously 
impair the success of public entertainments in 
the future. 

* * * 

The Oakland Cotillion was quite a brilliant 
success. Mr. Greenway led admirably and 
was loaded with congratulations. There is 
some talk of having a Leap Year Cotillion 
before Lent. It could not fail to be a charm- 
ing success. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. M Palmer gave an enjoy- 
able dinner and card party to a number of 
friends on Wednesday evening at the Califor- 
nia. Among those present were Mrs. Volney 
Spalding, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ritchie, and 
Colonel Hawes. Mrs. Palmer leaves for the 
East early next week, and will be gone for 
some time. 

The wedding of Miss Georgie Schweitzer 
and Sol Ehrman was] one of the most brilliant 
of recent affairs in Jewish Society. The 
magnificent residence of the bride was embel- 
lished inside and out for the occasion; a large 
tent was erected in the garden for the supper, 
and the veranda was enclosed with parti- 
colored canvas, making of it a conservator}', 
and a place of pleasant resort for the young 
people. In the presence of a very large num- 
ber of guests, Dr. Voorsanger performed the 
wedding ceremony. The bride wore an 
exquisite brocade satin, and was waited on 
by her sister Helen. The after-dinner speeches 
were quite enjoyable, and Albert Ehrman, 
nephew of the groom, and Edgar Peixotto 
were quite clever in their remarks. 

* * * 

An engagement of interest in Jewish circles 
is that of Miss Bella Louisson to Gus Simon, 
of Portland, Or. The engagement party was 
given last night, and was most enjoyable. 

* * * 

This afternoon Mrs. John O. Reis gives a 
lunch to twelve girls. For the football match 
the Misses Dimond, Miss Lockwood and 
several other girls are making up parties. 

Among the pleasant events of the week 
was the marriage of Morris A. Rothchild, 
President of the Wertheimer Company, and 
Miss Hilda Slessinger. It was celebrated in 
the banquet hall of the California Hotel, and 
was followed by an elaborate dinner, served in 
the hostelry's best style. The ceremony was 
performed in the tower window under a floral 
bell, by Rev. Jacob Voorsanger. After the 
solids were disposed of toasts were inaugu- 
rated. The health of bride and groom was 
drunk and responded to. A great deal of 
amusement was had over an imitation Salva- 
tion Army, headed by Miss Nellie Salz beat- 
ing a bass drum. They sang several original 
songs, composed for the occasion by Morrj9 



Feintuch. The best was a parody on " Hal- 
lelujah" called "Honolulu," where the 
happy pair have gone for their honeymoon. 
Altogether it was an amusing entertainment, 
and Henry Sachs was a great success as chief 
mourner* 

* # * 

The reception of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. de 
Young in honor of the Eastern journalists was 
one of the largest and most brilliant of the 
season. The Bohemian element predomi- 
nated, but there was quite a large representa- 
tion of well-known Society people, present. 
Mrs. De Young was assisted in receiving by 
Mrs. Deaue and Miss Deaue. Mrs. H. J. 
Stewart, Donald Graham and others enter- 
tained the guests with music, and Marshall P. 
Wilder told some stories. A very fine supper 
brought this most successful reception to a 
close. 

* * * 

A very happy crowd of Bohemians gathere r 
at the residence .of Dr. and Mrs. Younger 
last week, and spent an enjoyable evening 
with 'the Muses. Georgie Drew Barrymore 
gave some capital imitations of well-known 
people. Mrs. Mary Wyman-Williams sang 
with Donald Graham, Mrs. Baechemen enter- 
tained the gathering with songs, and some 
say that Mr. Sam Mayer was present. How- 
ever, as Joseph D. Redding was in capital voice, 
I am inclined to think that this is a mistake. 
Mrs. Younger presided at the piano. 

The International Costume "Kinder-ball," 
to be given in the rooms of the San Francisco 
Verein on the evening of January 30th, prom- 
ises to be a most interesting affair. There is a 
great deal of genuine talent in this club, and 
its festivities are often decidedly unconven- 
tional. Some extremely beautiful costumes 
are to be displayed by the little ones. After 
midnight the floor will be given up to chil- 
dren of larger growth. One of the features 
of the evening will be a representation of the 
Pied Piper of Hamelin legend. On Wednes- 
day night, the mind reader, Mr. Tyndall, 
gave a performance in the club parlors. He 
performed there some of the remarkable feats 
with which he is identified. 

Among the future possibilities are two cos- 
tume balls. The Calliopean Club, whose 
dances are always brilliantly successful, talks 
of giving one early in March, and a similar 
project is being discussed by the Directors of 
the Concordia Club. It does not seem to me 
that either institution should give way. How 
much it will add to the enjoyment of the sea- 
son to have two such affairs to anticipate. 

* * * 

In the interest of the Woman's EducationaJ 
and Industrial Union a dramatic, musical, and 
literary entertainment was given at Irving 
Hall on Friday evening. The programme 
was of considerable length and was thoroughly 

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of any kidney disorders. 



enjoyed. Miss Rosella La Faille's recitation, 
" High Tide 011 the Coast of Lincolnshire," 
was a feature, as was the presentation of the 
comedy, "First Love." The entertainment 
was under the management of Mrs. James 
Carden. 

* * * 

On Sunday night the Concordia Club gives 
a kind of informal reception for which an 
interesting programme is being prepared. 

* ♦ # 

If last night's cotillion suffered in compari- 
son with the glories of the bal poiidrc, still it 
was a very successful affair. There were not 
as many couples on the floor as usual, but all 
the most enthusiastic dancers were in attend- 
ance, andjthe figures were formed with agree- 
able dexterity. The affair went with 
exceeding smoothness. Mr. Greenway led 
with Miss Jennie Blair, who wore a charm- 
ingly pretty gown. I will comment more 
extensively in next week's issue. 

Miss Perrin gave a Welch rarebit party at 
her residence on Clay Street, Tuesday even- 
ing last. It proved a very enjoyable affair. 
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Robinson gave a theatre 
party at the Baldwin, on Wednesday, the 
occasion of the Mystic Shrine gathering. A 
delicious supper at the Pleasanton followed. 
Mrs. Will Crocker gave a small tea on Sunday 
afternoon last. 

* * * 

Mrs. Blair, who went East with her son on 
account of the latter's health, returned to the 
city this week. The boy is very much im- 
proved. 

* * * 

Rumor has it that at least three engage- 
ments will be announced before Ash Wednes- 
day. One is that of a young lawyer and the 
daughter of a prominent jurist, the second 
that of the good-looking son of a wealthy 
mining man and the pretty daughter of a 
prominent local capitalist. About the third 
there is a certain indefiniteness which I pre- 
sume will be cleared up later. 

sjc yf. •£ 

Theodore Wores will give an exhibition of 
his pictures at Morris & Kennedy's shortly. 
There will be about seventy-five canvases on 
the walls comprising English and Eastern 
subjects, as well as a number of Japanese 
pictures. The success that Mr. Wores has 
had in the Orient and Europe insures a splen- 
did exhibition. 

Miss Susan Hale gave the first of her series 
of recitals at the Unitarian Church on Wednes- 
day evening. "The Vicar of Wakefield" 
was the subject, and the accomplished lady 
had a large and appreciative audience. 

I have obsurvkd no instance of public 
plundering recently that has at all compared 
in variegated interest with the case of the 
Whittier Reform School .in I,os Angeles 
County. The construction of that institu- 
tion by the Board of Trustees seems to have 



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been signalized from the very start with a 
charming disregard of everything except the 
personal profit of the. Trustees or their rela- 
tives. They have peculated from ten cents 
upward, and so thoroughly have they been 
backed in the Governor's office at Sacramento, 
that all efforts to dislodge them have proved 
futile. Some months ago the Grand Jury of 
Los Angeles appointed an expert to examine 
the accounts of the School. He made a 
report which was not only suppressed but 
destroyed. This expert charged the Trustees 
with all kinds of thieving. According to his 
story they constitute about the worst Board of 
Trustees ever selected to build a public insti- 
tution in California. 

This Board, which consists of Hervey 
Lindley, of Los Angeles; the Rev. Josiah Sims, 
of Nevada; and James R. Lowe, of Santa 
Clara, was appointed by the late Governor 
Waterman. Primarily it was created to 
locate the Reform School for Juvenile Offend- 
ers, provided for by the act authorizing its 
creation, upon a piece of land in San Bernar. 
dino County in which the Governor had an 
interest. Efforts were made to locate the 
School, as well as an asylum for the insane 
created by the same Legislature, upon this 
land, but in both cases the scheme, for some 
reason unknown to me, fell through. Water- 
man then had no further interest in the affair, 
and the Trustees were permitted to do as they 
pleased. Having been selected to perform a 
doubtful service, it was soon found that the 
Trustees had not accepted the terms without 
an eye to windward. At the first meeting 
Walter Lindley, brother to Trustee Lindley, 
was appointed Superintendent at a salary of 
$300 a month ; Ralph A. Lowe, son of Trustee 
Lowe, was elected clerk at $150 a month, and 
Joseph Sims, son of Trustee Sims, was 
elected foreman at $3 a day. At that time 
there was not a thing on earth for anybody 

J. M. Dameron, a Los Angeles lawyer of 
easy virtue, was elected attorney, and a few 
days afterward Trustee Sims, Superintendent; 
an architect named Young, and Dameron were 
sent East to "inspect" reform institutions 
similar in character to the one proposed, and 
report. The party took a Pullman and 
traveled by easy stages to New York, where 
each one visited his relatives and had a good 
time with the boys. Having looked around 
the country they returned home and presented 
the State with a bill for $3500, which was 
promptly paid. From this time they have 
regularly sent claims to the State Board of 
Examiners for material, labor, and supplies, 
and so far as has ever been heard all have 
been paid without question. This fact, I 
suppose, has no relation to the other fact that 
a great portion of the furniture of the Whittier 
Reform School for Juvenile Offenders was pur- 
chased from a furniture company of which 
Governor Markham is, or was, President. 
* * * 

But the Republican party is responsible for 



the peculation that has taken place in the 
construction of this institution, and I do not 
purpose to concern myself much about it until 
the time comes next summer to instruct the 
voters how to vote, when I shall listen with 
great attention to the oratorical trouncing the 
party will receive at the hands of its enemies, 
the Democrats. Two of these Trustees, how- 
ever, whose " pull " is strong enough, it seems, 
to overcome a Grand Jury, have long in- 
terested me. The Rev. Josiah Sims, I 
am reminded, was a member of the Assembly 
which preceded the last one. He did 
not sit in the halls of Legislature for his 
health, neither was he there to save any souls 
One day the chaplain was absent, and I am 
told Dr. Sims took the Speaker's chair and 
offered up a de. -out prayer to Almighty God. 

Five minutes afterward, the same authority 
says, the reverend gentleman resumed his 
seat and voted for a boodle bill. The queerest 
thing this holy man ever did, however, was 
to enter a protest against the passage of the 
Mutual Insurance Bill. Everybody knows 
the object of the Mutual Insurance Bill, which 
appears at every session of the Legislature. It 
is designed to emancipate ratepayers from the 
San Francisco Compact, and large sums are 
paid every session to defeat it. At the session 
of 1889, when Sims was a member, Boss Buck- 
ley had failed to defeat the bill in the Senate, 
and it came to the House with a strong pull. 
One day it was up for final passage, and on 
roll call, to the surprise of everybody, it re- 
ceived one majority. Rev. Dr. Sims consti- 
tuted the one majority. But no sooner had 
the result been announced than the reverend 
gentleman was called into the lobby, where 
he had a hurried conversation with Sam 
Rainey. 

* * * 

He immediately returned to the Chamber 
and gave notice of reconsideration. The 
Speaker ruled him out of order. Then he 
entered that famous protest in which he 
declared that he had voted by mistake, and 
had been recorded against his will, and in 
which he claimed that the bill was illegally 
passed. Of course, everybody laughed at 
this proposition, but they were not quite so 
funny the next day, when Governor Water- 
man returned the bill to the Assembly with a 
message in which he agreed with Rev. Dr. 
Sims and Sara Rainey, and refused to sign 
the bill. Soon after this, Waterman appointed 
Sims a Trustee to build a Reform School for 
Juvenile Offenders, in Southern California. 
There was a certain fitness in this selection, 
which will be apparent to the least observing. 

The other Trustee, James R. Lowe, of Santa 
Clara, was a member of the last boodle Assem- 
bly, where he constituted a very large part of 
Judge Dibble's "Combine." Mr. Lowe was 
the hero of one episode that stamps him as a 
man well calculated to discharge such a trust 
as this Reform School. The Bruner Commit- 

Arcadiau Waukesha Water. Your Th} siciau will 
recommend it. 



tee, it will be recollected, endeavored to ascer- 
tain whether the Sacramento member had 
actually sold a position on the San Francisco 
police force to an Examiner reporter for $400. 
The Chairman, Bledsoe, with the three Dem- 
ocrats on the Committee, found that Bruner 
was guilty, while the other three Republicans 
whitewashed him. When the report was read, 
and Bruner found that a majority of the Com- 
mittee disbelieved the yarn he had told about 
that $400 transaction, he was completely pros- 
trated. He burst into tears, and fell sobbing 
into his seat. Assemblyman Lowe here came 
to the rescue. His tender boodle heart bled 
for his fellow-boodler. He went over to Bled- 
soe's seat, and in the presence of Mrs. Bledsoe 
and other ladies called the Humboldt man a 

" black-hearted 1 ." 

* * * 

Of course, the ladies screamed and there 
was general confusion. But as Bledsoe 
weighs about ninety pounds and Lowt nearly 
200, the latter stood his ground and never 
flinched. Whatever else may be said of 
Trustee Lowe nobody can gainsay his bravery 
after this. The gentleman who has kindly 
called to my mind these valiant deeds of 
Trustees Sims aud Lowe, says he knows 
nothing of the character or qualifications of 
Trustee Lindley. Neither do I know any- 
thing of that gentleman, but I will wager a 
great deal that he has no stub record as his 
two colleagues. The fact, however, that he 
captured for his brother the only $3oo-a- 
month position within the gift of the Board 
of which he is a member >eems to indicate 
that he possesses some capacity for his posi- 
tion. 

* * * " 

Piniv Fay, Secretary of the Laguna Survey 
Commission, is one of the oldest " boys " in 
San Francisco. He collected renis for Jimmy 
Phelan, when that fleshly millionaire used to 
sit up nights to see that the tumble-dow.i 
shanties on the lot which now sustains his 
magnificent building did not catch fire. His" 
association with such solid men as Phelan, 
Blythe, Ryer, aud other Market Street owners, 
is said to account for the remarkable purity of 
his tastes and the discriminating nature of his 
appetite. During his youthful days Phil 
expended a large amount of his energy in an : 
attempt to knock out the demon Rum. It 
has been said that if all the fire-water Phil 

I 

has drank was stored at the head waters ol \ 
the Sacramento River and suddenly let loose, | 
it would break the levees on both sides, so a 
great would be the rush of fluids. After 
struggling for years to vanquish the demon, 
however, Fhil suddenly gave up the fight 
between two days. 

* * * .•: - 

His conversion to temperance was as start- , 
ling as it was complete. Those who knew 5 
him well said, " Oh, Phil is sure to fall down. 
His thirst has been cultivated too long." But 
Phil did not fall down. , He mingled freely 
witbj his old friends, played cards in bar- 
rooms and made no attempt to evade the 



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demon. But his drinks were always soda 
water and sarsaparilla. At first the boys 
exclaimed, "What, you Phil?" but after 
awhile they got used to it, and, when he 
called for the trundle-bed liquids, said noth- 
ing. Four or five years have elapsed and 
still Phil is true to his pledge. 

Some days ago a group of choice spirits 
stood in front of a cigar store where Phil often 
exhibits his ample proportions. They were 
discussing the experience of Robert Duncan 
Milne at Keeley's Los Gatos Institute, when 
Phil happened along. 

* * * 

" Stuff, humbug ! " he said, " nothing will 
cure a man of tippling but a strong will. 
Look at me. Did anybody ever get down 
lower than I did ? I was wallowing in the 
filth of me own degradation ; I was a beast, 
gentlemen, a beast of burden — carrying around 
a load all the time. Everybody was saying, 
' He is gone, poor devil !' What did I do? 
One morning I arose with a mighty spit on 
me. I had been on a spree for a week, and 
me head was so big that a wash-tub would 
not have covered it. On this morning I said 
to meself, 'Phil, you've been an ass long 
enough. Be a man for a time.' Boys, you 
may shoot me for a jack-rabbit, but I never 
have taken a swig since. That's the way I 
quit, after drinking up enough whisky to float 
a ship." 

" Well," remarked one of Phil's hearers, 
with a surprised inflection, " I never thought 
you were much of a lush. I knew you drank 
some, but had no idea you were a regular 
boozer." 

"Great snakes," exclaimed Phil, "you 
must have been blind. I was pickled. The 
last year of it me friend, Dr. Shorb, warned 
me never to light a match near me mouth. 
He was afraid of an explosion. I used to 
bottle my saliva and sell it for taking the 
spots out of clothing. Fact. And that was 
not all. One day me friend, Dr. Meares, said 
to me, ' Phil, the next time you come to my 
house, don't stand on the steps too long while 
ringing the bell. Your breath blisters the 
paint on my door.' I'm telling you, boys — " 
but Phil did not finish this sentence. The 
group of choice spirits had scattered. 

$ 4> 4 

The League of Press Clubs has departed, 
and the members of the local organization are 
resting easily, with hopes of recovery. The 
Eastern delegates have had a splendid oppor- 
tunity of seeing San Francisco and the suburbs, 
and are now enjoying the sights in Southern 
California. They have been duly impressed 
with the hospitality of the people of the 
Golden State, and will spread the fame of this 
chief virtue of ours abroad. Through the 
kindness of many citizens and corporations the 
successful entertainment of the visitors was 
possible, and, personally, I am indebted to 
them. I believe the work done and the 
money expeuded will not be lost; California 
generally, and San Francisco particularly will 



benefit by the exertions of the few citizens 
who have so generously come to the front on 
this occasion 

* * * 

Of the future of the League there is no 
doubt; it will be a success. The delegates 
made a mistake, I think, in giving the offices 
to editors and proprietors; there is no place 
made for the working newspaperman. The 
choice of M. H. de Young for President was 
a good one. He has a big paper, a capacity 
for work, and a "pull" from the Pacific to 
the Atlantic; he makes a success of every- 
thing he starts, and the League will prosper 
under his administration. To the Press 
Club of San Francisco the citizens are indebted 
for the able manner in which the visitors 
were entertained; Mr. Sutro, Mr. Baldwin, 
and the Southern Pacific Company are also 
entitled to thanks. 

* * * 

In speaking of the League, I cannot refrain 
from expressing my regret that some people 
believe they may not be journalists and gen- 
tlemen at the same time. I refer to the editors 
of the Call-Bulletin. When the Chronicle 
began to cut into the receipts of the Call, 
Mr. Pickering and Mr. De Young became 
personal in their remarks about each other. 
De Young, I believe, said Pickering had 
passed a counterfeit dollar on a blind man, 
taking in change from the mendicant's cup 
ninety-five cents. Pickering said De Young 
had engaged in the industry of giving 
the bloom of renewed life to cancelled postage 
stamps. The fight was waged so bitterly that 
after a time they began prevaricating about 
each other. Just before the election of the 
League officers the Call opened on the Chron- 
icle, and deliberately, maliciously, and out- 
rageously lied about De Young. 

* * * 

Pickering said De Young kept down the 
wages of newspapermen, and yet posed as a 
George W. Childsof San Francisco journalism. 
Everyone knows that the Call pays the lowest 
salaries in the city, if not in the country. I 
believe the minimum wages in the Chronicle 
is the maximum rate in the Call. The only man 
on the latter paper who gets a respectable 
salary is John Bonner, and he gets this 
because he is indispensable as an edi- 
torial writer. When I read the scolding Mrs. 
Pickering gave De Young I was amazed at 
the capacity for mendacity displayed by the 
old lady, and I was tempted to send a copy of 
the Scolding Bat to Oscar Wilde, as a com- 
plete refutation of his essay on the " Decay 
of Lying." There was in the article a 
virility of untruthfulness, a splendor of mis- 
representation, a magnificence of menda- 
ciousness, and a wealth of plain, sneaking, 
nasty, mean lying that outshone and outdid 
anything that Mrs. Pickering has ever 
attempted. 

* * * 

Now that our visitors have gone, and we 
have a chance to fight among ourselves with- 

Arcadiau Waukesha Water Cures Indigestion. 



out fear of being heard, I should like to say a 
word about Auburn hospitality. I do not 
speak of that gilt-edged article that the citi- 
zens as a whole displayed, as their kindness 
was without stint, and they have made their 
pretty town an honor to California. But I 
cannot refrain from mentioning the beautiful 
manner in which a gentleman engaged in 
commercial pursuits sought to rob the gentle 
San Franciscan delegation. When this col- 
lection of prominent citizens reached the love- 
liest village of Placer County, a move was 
made toward the hotel, and there occurred 
the incident that will live in local history as 
one of the most magnificent instances of assur- 
ance ever shown in the State. 

* * * 

The accomplished barkeeper was requested 
by the gentleman in charge of the local dele- 
gation to fill the glasses in honor of Auburn, 
and about twenty-five men started for perdi- 
tion on whisky. When time came for settling 
that bill, the accountant behind the bar said 
the cost was twenty-three dollars and fifty 
cents! A cry of horror arose from all the 
crowd; and some one asked for a bill of sale 
of the establishment before the money was 
paid. But the barkeeper was a man of nerve, 
and insisted that a dollar a drink was not too 
much for the whisky, which had been made 
on the spot. A long debate followed, in which 
every one took part, and the barkeeper, in 
view of the fact that the liquor he had served 
was worth probably a dollar, agreed to com- 
promise for five dollars and fifty cents ; this 
was accepted, and no more whisky was con- 
sumed in Auburn. 

* * * 

Illustrated journalism of the kind we 
have been having in San Francisco for some 
time evidently does not pay. The satiric 
side of the Wasp has been the one we could 
not see; its artistic side, too, has been care- 
fully concealed. It has, since its beginning, 
been the oldest and worst cartoon paper in 
America; it has passed throngh as many hands 
as a traveling dolb.r, and is again in danger 
of transfer. Its editor, I am told, is trying 
to make a corpo. a1 ion of it, with a capital of 
$7000. The Wasp, if it ever did pay, has 
passed the period in its existence when clip- 
ping coupons would be part of the editorial 
duties. 

* * * 

To incorporate a paper is as easy as the 
incorporation of any other business, if one 
can only find the men with enough money to 
buy the stock, and enough confidence in the 
future of the journal to put part of their for- 
tunes to its uses. But I believe the stock of 
the Wasp has gone begging for some time, 
and that it is still the property of the Post- 
master* As a nutter of fact, it is a better 
paying concern in its present condition than 
if it were the property of a corporation. 
Postmaster Backus is enabled to show favors, 
legitimately enough, to many advertisers, 
who can only return them to Editor Backus 



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Some one has told me that the Postmaster 
expects every employee of his department to 
subscribe to the paper; and I have heard one 
or two of the letter carriers speak in high 
terms of the journal; indeed, in such a man- 
ner that I was for a moment inclined to 
believe that they were canvassing for the 
paper. 

Strange what, a difference in the Bell 
case the discovery of the murderer's millionaire 
uncle has made. Prior to his inclusion among 
the dramatis persona the interesting footpad 
had but few friends. Now he is amply pro- 
vided with them. The majority of us, who 
are comparatively optimistic and burdened 
with a sense of moral responsibility, do not 
realize the depravity of some criminals. For 
money they will perjure themselves a dozen 
times without the faintest compunction. 
Lawyers who have conducted big cases are 
familiar with the methods of false witnesses. 
Once let it be whispered around that there is 
coiu in a fight, and the manner in which evi- 
dence adduces itself will surprise a hardened 
cynic. The Sharon suit was a case in point. 
To the attorneys on either side, men and 
women were coming constantly, offering for a 
consideration to swear to anything. And they 
did. 

* * * 

Campbell and Areyer are men lacking even 
the sense of veracity. Bell is a whimsical 
thief, and a murderer besides. The efforts of 
his counsel may save his neck — that is what 
the millionaire uncle is anxious now to do. I 
am looking forward with considerable interest 
to the M. B. Curtis trial, wherein some exceed- 
ingly interesting testimony is to be developed. 
The chances, I am told, are that the case will 
be as sensational as the Bell trial. It is inad- 
visable, however, to anticipate, as, according 
to Oscar Wilde, it is the unreadable that 
occurs. 

* * * 

Even at this end of the Century the apho- 
rism — the course of true love never did run 
smooth — continues forceful. The latest addi- 
tion to the unwritten literature of the subject is 
the story of Otto Weissmann's courtship. He 
is soon to be married to Mrs. Clara Haenndel, 
a widow lady, who presides very gracefully 
over a jewelry establishment on Market 
Street. But Mr. Weissmann is an Episcopal- 
ian and Mrs. Haenndel is a Jewess. Among 
her people there exists the strongest preju- 
dices against inter-marriage with Gentiles. 
The predicament is not easy of solution even 
for true love. Before proceeding to the 
climax it is as well to understand the pre- 
liminaries. Mr. Weissmann was the proprie- 
tor of the Blue Lake Hotel this summer. It 
is rather a hazardous business this, but in 
spite of an absence of previous experience, he 
acquitted himself to the satisfaetioif of his 
guests — particularly of Mrs. Haenndel. 

* * * 

She is a lady whose age may be set in the 
uncertain period between thirty-five and forty 
— the time of life when, according to Balzac, 



women are most fascinating. She is capable, 
intelligent, agreeable, and by her husband, 
the late Haenndel, was left comfortably pro- 
vided for. He is fully twenty-five years of 
age, is Mr. Weissmann, he looks older and 
may feel forty, but his summers number 
those of two decades and a half. For the 
interesting widow he conceived a fancy. It 
grew into an affection — it developed into an 
admiration, culminated in adoration. Did 
she reciprocate ? Who knows ? They were 
together a great deal. For both the moon- 
light seemed to have a deep attraction. They 
wandered by the lakeside. Alas, the widow's 
visit finally ended and she returned to town. 
At the end of the season Mr. Weissmann 
gleefully closed the doors of his caravansary 
and hied himself to the feet of his charmer on 
Market Street. He offered his heart and 
hand. She assured him she could marry only 
a man of her own faith and race. Union 
with a Christian meant ostracism, denuncia- 
tion, the dislike of her relatives, the loss of 
her friends. 

Judaism is not content with accepting con- 
verts on a mere profession of faith. There 
are other and far less agreeable preliminaries. 
Mr. Weissmann returned to the charge. Mrs. 
Haenndel was inexorable. Some one had to 
give way. • Mr. Weissmann decided that 
chivalry inculcated the making of sacrifices. 
He consented to become a Hebrew. He is to be 
received into that fold with due rites and cere- 
monies in the course of a few weeks. Under 
the circumstances no one could possibly enter- 
tain a doubt of his affection. 

♦ ♦ % 

Weissmann is the stepson of the wealthy 
German of that name. His brothers are 
Frank Happersburger, the sculptor, and Dr. 
Happersburger, a young physician, who has 
attained a considerable degree of success in the 
exercise of his profession. 

Writing of the late William Center, some 
months ago, I spoke of his excellent library — 
in a small way one of the very best on the 
Coast. It is to follow the fate of most private 
libraries, alas! — dispersion. It is now on 
view at Doxey's — some 1600 volumes ad- 
mirably bound and selected. Few collections 
of similar size contain as little rubbish. 
Most of the classics are in the best issues 
obtainable, and there are a great many in 
the original editions that bibliophiles prize 
so. Among the rarities is a complete set of 
the Pickering Aldine British poets and the 
Braybrook an d Bright edition of Papy's Diary. 
Of the latter work there are very few volumes 
extant, the edition being seized on account of 
a law suit which is yet to be decided. On 
binding Mr. Center was a connoisseur, and 
some of his books are really chef d'fpuvres. 

* * * 

The amenities of Arizona journalism the 
Kicker has made familiar. Of course, as 
remarkable personages as the versatile editor 
of that publication do not occur in real life, 
but many good stories of the consequences 



of frankness on the frontier are easily 
gleaned from the reminiscences of gentlemen 
familiar with the handliug of hand presses in 
the far South. Here is one that Mr. Gamble 
told the Gridiron Club: It was about a very 
small, but exceedingly plucky little man, who 
ran an enterprising sheet at Yuma. His name 
was Tod, and he denounced "boodle" 
unsparingly, and never hesitated about ex- 
pressing the most excessively unflattering 
opinions about personages he considered 
obnoxious. The make-up of his office was 
peculiar. In the very front, at a spacious 
desk, the little editor sat; to the rear was the 
composing-room, over which presided a gigan- 
tic Irishman named Clancey. 

* * * 

Clancey preferred ^fighting to eating, and 
willingly undertook the disposition of the 
kickers, who, after each issue, invaded the 
sanctum. It was Tod's custom to receive 
his visitors with an air of chilling hauteur. 
Objections to an item were generally met by 
the interrogation: What are you going to do 
about it ? On the first intimation of hostile 
intentions, Tod pressed a small bell on his 
desk, and Clancey appearing did the rest. No 
one ever stood up two minutes before Clancey. 
One fine Saturday morning — the journal had 
just been issued — Tod sat at his desk. He heard 
heavy footsteps approaching. It was a gen- 
tleman, recently arrived, upon whose ante- 
cedents the paper had cast all manner of 
doubts. He thought an explanation due him. 

" You do ? " said Tod. " Think the paper 
is going to apologize, do you ? Have an idea 
that this here journal is sort o' going to lick 
your feet/cause you come round here with a 
kick. No, sir." 

♦ ♦ ■* 

Tod smiled sarcastically. 

"You little rat. I'll punch the 

head off you," ejaculated the visitor, furiously. 
He stepped forward. 

The little editor pressed the bell. One 
second more and the kicker would be an 
authority on sidewalks. He smiled. 

" No, sir; this is not the place for apologies. 
I defy you." 

Again he touched the bell. No Clancey. 
He rang again and again, shouting defiances 
in the meantime at his opponent. Just at 
that moment the boy came in. 

"Clancey is across in the saloon, dead 
drunk," he explained, breathlessly- 

At that moment the visitor caught Tod by 
the collar and proceeded to indulge him with 
the most artistic hiding he had ever received 
in his life. There was no paper the following 
week, but on subsequent occasions Mr. Tod 
never aggravated a caller until he was certain 
his assistant was within call. 

* * * 

I am not given to commenting 041 the busi- 
ness methods of florists, but here is some- 
thing that all my readers, especially those 
gifted with friends, relatives, or sweethearts 
in other parts of the country, will be interested 
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formed a National association of florists — the 
leading firm in the several big cities of the 
States — not for mutual protection or aught of 
that kind, but for interchanging orders. The 
existence of the organization was revealed to 
me thus : I wanted to send some roses to a 
girl living in New York and not rejoicing in 
any convenient friends I was in a quandary 
how to carry out my intentions. Someone sug- 
gested — try Siever's. I did so, and was there 
apprised of the modus operandi. One leaves 
one's behest just as though it were to be 
executed in town. By consulting catalogues, 
the price is approximated — a printed form is 
filled and the order telegraphed in the asso- 
ciation's cipher. 

* * * 

Supposing one's mother-in-law — a million- 
airess in St. Paul — has just died and it is 
desirable to florally express deep regret at her 
demise, it is only necessary to select here the 
particular emblem most appropriate to the 
occasion and to state the extent financially of 
your sorrow. Siever sends on a telegram 
calling for an anchor, or a broken wheel, or 
something of that kind, price so much, name, 
etc., and to the residence of your wife's 
departed parent the best florist in St. Paul 
dispatches your offering, name and all, and the 
agreement of the association is that inter- 
State orders shall receive the attention that is 
accorded only best customers — the finest 
flowers are furnished. It seems to me a very 
useful idea and there is no extra charge — a 
decided consideration. 

* * * 

Once before I alluded to the strong men- 
tality and versatility of Gavin McNab, one of 
the leaders in the Reorganized Democracy 
Besides being a vigorous writer he is an ex- 
cellent speaker, possessing a power of invec- 
tive that is withering. His sentences have 
more polish that his delivery, and his gestures 
are often more forcible than elegant; but once 
on his feet he rarely fails to say something 
worth remembering. Some of the neatest of 
current political bon mots proceed from him. 
Talking of Buckley to certain members of 
the Manhattan Club, who in by-gone days 
had been intimates of the ex-boss, he re- 
marked: 

" Buckley ! I have the greatest respect for 
him. He reminds me of the Divinity." 

"How, Mac, where?" asked an ex-Fire 
Commissioner. 

" Why, God took earth, breathed on it and 
made men. Buckley, from the depths of the 
sewers, took mud, breathed on it, and made 
statesmen." 

On another occasion Mr. McNab, before a 
gathering of Democratic County Committee- 
men, to whom he is bitterly opposed, delivered 
himself of the startling paradox: 

" In San Francisco the Democratic party 
plus the County Committee, its heelers and 
stufifers and toughs, is in a minority of three 
thousand. But the Democratic party minus 
the County Committee, its heelers, roughs 



aud stuffers, is a majority of seven thousand 
in San Francisco. 

A certain social institution which icono- 
clasts have recently begun to call the " Bore- 
hemian Club," has not commended itself to 
Mr. McNab's favor. Speaking of reputations 
resounding from one end of its rooms to the 
other, he remarked : 

" The Bohemian Club is a corporation for 
furnishing literary varnish to parvenues." . 

* * * 

Was it not Rabelais who so shrewdly 
contrasted the tendencies of the Devil ill 
and the Devil well ? There is no question 
that sickness makes cowards of us all — 
far more so than conscience. I would not for 
a moment insinuate any relationship between 
the evil one and the dramatis pcrsoncc in the 
following story. On the contrary, the lead- 
ing lady was really an excellent personage. 
It may be said she had coin enough to cover 
a multitude of sins, but it was never hinted 
she was half as bad as some of her critics. 
She is dead, however, and her little romance 
seems to me quite well worth the telling. She 
was Irish, and a Roman Catholic by birth and 
bringing up. She is buried in the Home of 
Peace Cemetery, and over her remains the 
funeral rites of Judaism were performed. 

* * * 

It seems a number of years since Mr. and 
Mrs. Martin came here from New York. 
Despite the full Hibernian flavor of the name 
he was a Hebrew. They had met in the 
Empire City but shortly after her arrival from 
the old country. She, a buxom, healthy Irish 
girl, he, considerably older, well-to-do, smart. 
He brought here a good many thousand 
dollars that lucky investments increased. 
They had a sou — Jefferson Martin, of whom 
the mother was intensely fond. The details 
of their life I know not. Apparently they 
had good reasons for being happy — they were 
prosperous enough, and money is the most 
sympathetic of consolers. One morning 
Martin committed suicide.. In the lane just 
above his house, 1017 Van Ness Avenue, he 
was found shot dead. He had blown his 
brains out with a huge pistol — an old weapon 
with a barrel three feet in length. 

* * * 

He was richer than anyone supposed. 
However sincerely she mourned her loss, 
there was no concealing the fact that Mrs. 
Martin was a rich widow. She was a regular 
attendant at Synagogue, gave liberally to 
Hebrew charities. Still young, buxom, hand- 
some, she came to be regarded as a catch. 
Her second husband was a merchant named 
Simon, a wealthy man, a pleasant, agreeable 
fellow, who seemed possessed of all the domes- 
tic virtues. They seemed to enjoy life ade- 
quately. Of current pleasures they appeared 
to have their share. The new papa regarded 
Jefferson as his own offspring, and attended 
with the greatest care to the details of his 
education. The boy was brought up an ortho- 
dox Hebrew, went to instruction and Syna- 
gogue on Saturday, and, when old enough, 



joined the Olympic Club. Some two or three 
years ago, his marriage to a very pretty young 
Jewess was celebrated. And so the years ran 
on. 

* * * 

One day Mrs. Simon was taken violently 
ill. She had several doctors, and all the 
attention that money could command. On 
the verge of the grave she hovered. In her 
extremity she sent for Father Varsi, one of 
the most cultured of the able and amiable 
Jesuit Fathers who attend to the duties of St. 
Ignatius school and church. She confessed, 
and was received back into the Church of 
Rome. If life was spared her, she promised 
to be a faithful communicant. She lived to 
forget her promise. 

I am not aware that any one offered a defi- 
nite explanation of Simon's suicide. Not so 
very long ago, I forget the date, he shot him- 
self — blew out his brains — much in the same 
way as Martin had. It was a very swell 
funeral he had, and but little about the man- 
ner of his taking off got into the papers. 
Again a widow, it was on her son Jefferson 
that this unfortunate lavished the entire wealth 
of her affection. She could not do enough 
for him. 

In the residence 1017 Van Ness Avenue, 
the young husband and the young wife and 
Mrs. Simon lived together. She was richer 
than ever, for the suicide had bequeathed to 
her all his possessions. But she did not 
become a Catholic. On the contrary, she 
returned to Judaism, was strict in the observ- 
ance of the law, fasted and prayed regularly, 
and gave her personal attention to the erec- 
tion of a magnificent mausoleum at the Home 
of Peace Cemetery. The end is not yet, 
though. Only a few weeks ago, Jefferson 
Martin, returning from a boxing contest at 
the Olympic Club — for the young man was 
quite a dexterous exponent of the manly ai t — 
caught a violent cold. It developed into pneu- 
monia. He dfcd. This last terrible blow 
prostrated Mrs. Simon. She never recovered. 
Her constitution gave way under the terrible 
strain. She lingered, lingered. She died, 
unconscious. This time she could not send 
for Father Varsi. 

* * * 

I presume there is a moral in this story. 
Its deduction is purely a matter of point of 
view. Reading of misfortunes so pronounced, 
of sorrows so cruel, of losses so terrible it is 
easy to believe in fate. Surely some malig- 
nant destiny pursued this unfortunate — 
meeted out to her, it is true, some of the 
good things of life, but dealt her blows the 
hardest a woman who is both a wife and a 
mother can suffer. 

* * * 

The DISPATCHES inform me that " Jack '' 
Beresford has " turned up " in Buffalo. This 
information is of considerable interest, as I 



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happen to know "Jack," and now that ray 
attention is called to the fact that he has 
left our English colony, I notice how much 
I missed him. Mr. Beresford is a cousin of 
Lord Chailesand " Fighting " Kill Keresford, 
and was as brave a man as ever cut a throat, 
or led an attack as a commissioned officer in 
Her Rritish Majesty's Navy. He has seen as 
much fighting as many soldiers twice his age 
— I thiuk he is under thirty — has been in more 
trouble, and has had a greater number of nar- 
row escapes than any one I ever knew. He 
was in imminent danger of death in San 
Francisco once, and just got out of it with 
his life. 

♦ ♦ ♦ 

Keresford was a favorite with "the boys;'' 
he was big, good-natured, jolly, and Irish 
from the cro.vn of his curly head to the soles 
of his patent-leather encased feet. As an 
honorary member of the Rose Leaves, he shone 
with wondrous lustre, until one day he 
betrayed his friends. He was in the habit of 
going into trances — liquor, of course — and 
the period immediately preceding that stage 
was signalized by his Herculean efforts to 
get whisky. When the Rose Leaves go on a 
yachting trip demijohns of imposing size and 
soul-pleasi ig aroma are among the provisions. 
"Jack" was one of the party that started 
for Vallejo one soft, summer afternoon; that 
was his last appearance here. 

0 

* * * 

The start was uneventful; the yacht was 
becalmed in Raccoon Straits; the members 
made the most of it, and toward morning lay 
dcwn to headaches and sorrows. When they 
awoke, each man appointed himself a com- 
miitee on supplies; the demijohns were 
empty! even the beer bottles had been 
robbed of their frothy contents. A council 
was called, an 1 the thirty souls gathered in 
serious conclave; the only man missing was 
Jack. He was found in a trance; when he 
was resuscitate 1 he confessed to having con- 
sumed the liq lor of the party; a trial was 
held; he was condemned to banishment. 
Prayers were useless; tears were of no avail; 
he had betrayed his friends. The yacht was 
worke 1 to Meigg's wharf. Keresford was put 
ashore; m )r e whisky was procured, and the 
party started away again. I haven't seen 
Jack since that day. 

* * * 

He could consume enormous quantities of 
the red; and his appetite caused him to lose his 
commission in the navy. During the Egyptian 
war he served with distinction, and was 
" mentioned " in the dispatches. I think he 
fought for the love of it, he had a lust for 
blood; and with sword in hand, was merciless. 
One of his men disobeyed orders, he was 
sentence 1 to be'fiogged; Keresford wrote the 
order, and I have been told that while in his 
cups he increased the number of lashes. 
Under the punishment the sailor fainted; a 
"round robin " was the result; a court-martial, 



was ordered. Keresford was suspended for a 
time, but he was not of the kind to have his 
acts revived; he resigned, started for India, 
and came to California. From Kuffalo? 

* * * 

The latest ring is that formed by the 
Superior Judges. Rumor has it they have 
organized a combination similiar to that exist- 
ing in the Roard of Supervisors — a "solid 
nine" — bonded together for offensive and 
defensive purposes. Rather a novelty this 
judicial cohesiveness. Unanimity of opinion 
among so many distinguished lawyers is rare 
— so deucedly rare that one almost suspects 
something. However, the community need 
not indulge in an ecstasy of dread as I believe 
there is no assault intended on the liberty of 
any one citizen. The object of the "nine" 
is Judge Wallace. It appears that the estima- 
tion this jurist enjoys in the public mind is 
not viewed with generous satisfaction by his 
colleagues. Indeed, his prominence is dis- 
tasteful, and they go so far, actually as to 
allege he requires " taking down. " "A very 
clever man, undoubtedly," they say, "but 
he has usurped an authority that is not vested 
in him and really requires to be taught his 
proper place." 

* * * 

It is easily conceivable that the ordinary 
judge — and most judges are that way — resents 
being overshadowed. There are several 
clever and painstaking -men on the Superior 
bench who might obtain prominence but for 
Judge Wallace. One can readily comprehend 
that the clamor for his re-election as Presiding 
Judge was not relished, nor yet his action in 
forcing publicity upon their annual delibera- 
tions. Not even a jurist cares to be put in 
the position of apparently sympathizing with 
" boodle," and as the " nine " were thus indi- 
vidually exhibited to the public their feelings 
may be comprehended. The first exhibition 
cf displeasure was in assigning to Wallace's 
department criminal cases. This is decidedly 
the least agreeable class of business and it is 
usually the lot of the younger and less promi- 
nent judges. 

£ $ ]£ 

Criminal law is infinitely less complex than 
civil law. Its administration calls into requi- 
sition only the most elementary judical prin- 
ciples. One would not dream of asking D. 



M. Delmas or John Garber to plead in the 
Justice's Court. Using Wallace's splendid 
intelligence on petty cases is like leveling an 
eighty-one-ton gun at a pygmy. It is a waste 
of good material. It is true that Wallace 
furnished an excuse for Judge Troutt, by con- 
stituting his Court a criminal department 
shortly after the death of Judge Hoge, but he 
did so to relieve the calendar, and, with his 
usual courtesy, rather than ask any of his 
colleagues to assume the unpleasant duty. 
In preference to burdening them he assumed 
the load himself. He is too big a man to 
notice such petty slights, but the public should 
have an opportunity of appreciating the cost 
of honestly serving it. 

# * * 

Another slight was the refusal of the Judges 
to re-elect Edmund Tauzky a Court Commis- 
sioner. He is a protege of Wallace's, an 
exceedingly able, conscientious lawyer, whose 
abilities are sterling rather than showy. To 
him the late Presiding Judge assigned all the 
most important investigations that came up in 
his Court, and in cases approved and abided 
by his findings. Though Wallace asked his 
re-election as a favor to himself personally, 
and endorsed Tauzky most emphatically, he 
was shelved. Now, as men who are pains- 
taking and are possessed of judicial faculties 
are quite rare, Mr. Tauzky is a loss to liti- 
gants I should not be much surprised were 
Wallace to resign, sooner«or later. His term 
expires this year, aud the chances are he will 
then go to Europe. 

Jeremiah Lynch' s suggested destruction of 
Bret Harte is being widely commented on in 
the Eastern press. It appears that the gifted 
Grand Juryman's New Year lucubration has 
been telegraphed all over the country, and is 
regarded as a fit topic for editorializing on. 
The treatment of the topic is serious in the 
extreme, and it is quite possible the sugges- 
tion may precipitate a literary controversy 
concerning the rights of authors as against 
Immigration Associations. As I am com- 
pelled to read a great mauy books, it is unnec- 
essary to state that my sympathies are with 
the latter. 

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9 



LES MISERABLES. 



I was talking to Jimmie Clayton's brother— Dick. 

"He'll go down to the grave with his secret," 
said Dick. "Jitnmie's character is an unfortunate 
mixture of nobility and weakness. The nobility is 
inuate. The weakness has been instilled in him by 
the company he has kept. The other day I said to 
him: 'Jimmie, send the brandy-guzzling thing 
home to her mother and come abroad with me.' He 
raised his fist as though to strike me, and then 
wilted, and the tears came into his eyes. ' Gad, 
Dick,' said he, 'don't you know you're speaking of 
my wife?' There was an agonizing appeal in his 
voice, as though I had struck him a mean blow, one 
that he couldn't return. Well, I waited till he pulled 
himself together and then had a serious talk with 
him. He confessed that he hadn't the courage to 
bring on a scandal. 'Think what it means,' he 
pleaded. 'Means? 'said I. 'It merely means that 
you acknowledge to your friends that you made the 
mistake of marrying a woman who is immeasurably 
beneath you.' 'Oh, Dick,' he broke in; 'beneath 
me? Why, her family — ' 'Damn her family,' I 
snapped; ' I never saw anything remarkable about 
her lamily. There isn't one of the present genera- 
tion with brains enough to keep a chicken out of the 
soup. What is this wife of yours? The grand- 
daughter of a man who made millions, the daughter 
of a silly mother, and with a father who is drunk ten 
months out of the year. And she — well, what's the 
use of mincing matters, Jimmie? You know what 
she is. I won't put it in words, but you ought to get 
rid of her. Now, will you let me take the matter in 
hand, and do it for you? I'll have you free in six 
months, and your children will be under your care. 
Come, now, what do you say?' 'Impossible,' he 
muttered, 'impossible. You don't realize what you 
are talking about. Think of it. I should drag the 
name of her family through the mire.' 

" I looked at my brother and knew that it was 
useless to talk further with him on this terrible subject. 
By a series of processes the nature of which I fail to 
comprehend, he had been trained to believe that his 
first duty in life was to protect, not his own name, 
but that of his wife's family. I had been aware of 
the awe with which he looked upon these people 
when he was permitted to marry one of them. 
Indeed, I had felt a little of it myself. I remember 
that I thought Jimmie in unheard-of luck when he 
brought down the daughter of such a house. We 
were quiet outsiders, you know, ami she was straight 
in the top waters of the swim. She possessed a name 
without which New York Society could hardly be 
identified. I think she rather haled to change this 
name. Why she married Jimmie I don't know. We 
are as good as she, better in fact, but as I say, she 
had a great name, she had millions, and I can't 
understand why she did not aim for bigger game. 
But she didn't, worse luck. She took my brother, 
md now she amuses herself while his heart breaks. 

" You remember the night, six months or so ago, 
when you dined at Jinimie's house. Mrs. Clayton 
was excused you will recollect. She was ill upstairs, 
with a perfectly excruciating headache. While we 
were at table, there was a tremendous crash overhead. 
We were all Startled, but Jimmie merely turned a 
little pale, and went on talking about horses. The 
noise upstairs continued. We heard breaking glass, 
heavy blows and a wild voice. Jimmie never ceased 
talking, and finally the disturbance above us ceased. 
Vou did not guess, ' I think, that Mrs. Clayton was 
smashing the furniture, and trying to murder her 
maid in astate of wild delirium. ' And no„ I'll tell you 
something worse than that. I tell you for the reason 
that I propose to bring this whole aifair to the surface 
against Jimmie's wishes, and force a separation upon 
him. One day last summer I ran down to Jimmie's 
country place for the day. I found matters in a 
fearful condition, Jimmie was not speaking to his 
wife and she refused to see any of his friends. I had 
heard an ugly story about her and a young cad 
whose physical attractions had pleased her. He was 
living in a house near at hand, and was with Mrs. 
Clayton a great deal of the time. I could believe what 
I heard, because I know that woman doesn't under- 
stand what it means to put a curb on any appetite 
she has. Jimmie asked me to go for a spin with him, 
and we took a twenty-mile drive at a quick clip. 
We were silent most of the time. I saw how it was 
with Jimmie, and I hadn't then reached the point of 
discussing the trouble with him. When we got home 
we went into the house from the piaz/.a through a 
window. Jimmie was ahead of me, and when I had 
one foot inside the room he turned, with a dead- 
white face, aud pushed me violently back on to the 
piazza. He wasn't quick enough, however. I had 
caught a glimpse of the room, of the table covered 
with brandy aud champagne bottles, and of two 
figures locked together on the sofa — two figures in a 
drunken sleep — one Mrs. Clayton, the other the 
symmetrical cad. Jimmie started back into the 
room, but I dragged him back. What was the use 



then of his doing anything ? What could he have 
done? Killed them ill cold blood, that's all. They 
could not have (led or resisted. I led him away, and 
we took a five-mile walk. When we returned Mrs. 
Clayton was alone on the sofa. The cad had stag- 
gered home. 

"Now, isn't it a sweet mess? Do you see what 
Jimmie is doing? Sacrificing himself, by Ged, to 
the horrible modern law that forbids a man to rid 
himself of the slimy coils of a serpent. The world 
shrugs its selfish shoulders and says: ' Oh, dear 
me, anything but a scandal ! ' And Jimmie minds 
it. But I'll force him to the thing, you see if I don't. 
I'm not going to hide the story.' Hide it! Why, 
look here, one of these fine weeks the papers will 
come out and print the whole thing. Ami do you 
know who'll give it to 'em. I will. I'm not one of 
your snivelers that lie down and let convention 
squeeze the blood out of me. I'll free nty brother 
of that woman, d'ye hear, if I have to kill her." 

Dick Clayton was as white as a sheet a(id was 
trembling with emotion. 

" Sh !" said I. "Here comes Jimmie, now." 

It was he. He crossed to where we were sitting, 
and took a chair at the table with us. As he lighted 
a cigar the flame of the match accentuated the deep 
lines in the face that told of the agony of the man's 
heart. 

" I suppose we'll see you at the Routledge dance 
to-night?" I said, just by way of perfunctory con- 
versation. 

"No," replied Clayton, "I don't expect to be 
there. The fact is — er — Mrs. Clayton is prostrated 
by one of her — er — nervous attacks. What ails you, 
Dick ? You're looking awfully down.'' 

" Yes," said Dick. " I'm having a little nervous 
attack on my own account." 

Jimmie glanced up quickly at his brother, and 
then fixed his eyes on my face. I was busy studying 
the air and making rings with the smoke from my 
cigarette. 

A few moments later Bronsonne came in with anew 
funny story and relieved the strain of the situation. 

The case is not so entirely hopeless as it looks. 
Dick Clayton may force a separation as he threatens, 
or, if he will only be patient, Mrs. Clayton will 
drink herself to death. — Town Topics. 



LAWN TENNIS. 



The announcement that the final match of the 
league championship series would took place on Sat- 
urday last at the grounds of the California Tennis 
Club, brought out the largest assemblage of spectators 
that have ever been seen at the courts on any previous 
occasion. 

The match called for the best three sets in five, aud 
was between C- D. Bates, Jr. and Sam Neel of the 
East Oakland Tennis Club, and Joseph Tobin and 
W. H. Taylor, Jr., of the California Tennis Club. 
Each team had its many supporters who never 
missed an opportunity of cheering on their favorites. 

The first set was not particularly exciting. Tobin 
not playing anything like his usual game. The 
Oaklauders employed lobbying tactics throughout 
and as a rule kept the ball away from Taylor, thus 
giving Tobin nearly all the work. The latter's strong 
point — smashing — was not brought into play in this 
set. The Oakland team won this, the first set by a 
score of 6-2, and their friends hurrahed aud shouted, 
not a few predicting a victory in straight sets for the 
youngsters, but in this they were utterly dissap- 
pointed. 

The second set brought out some really fine tennis, 
Tobin and Taylor were now thoroughly warmed up 
and went about things in a business-like manner. The 
Oakland team now varied their play with an occa- 
sional cross court shot but the rackets 011 the other 
side invariably met the ball. Taylor's drives in this 
set were a revelation to a great many ; they wen ab- 
solutely unplayable and went a long way toward 
winning them the set, which resulted in a score of 6-4. 

The scorer now called set all, and the hopes of the 
Oakland delegation were not as bright as at the 
conclusion of the first set; they attributed their team's 
defeat, however, to nervousness, which was noticeably 
the case with young Neel. In the third set the 
California team got down to work in dead earnest 
and played everything, to Bates keeping him con- 
tinually in the back court, and playing to his back 
hand, which was not at this stage of the contest very 
strong. This was an easy victory for the California 
team, the Oaklauders only being able to score but 
one game. Score, two sets to one, California Club 
wins. 

It looked very cloudy for Oakland now, but after a 
rest of several minutes, the players re-appeared upon 
the courts looking as fresh as when they started. It 
was in this set that the Pony team gotiin their good 
work. The California team played everything to 
Bates during the first part of the set, but that 
that player's strokes developed such remarkable 



swiftness and such accuracy, that the games ran 
towards Oakland to fast to be appreciated by Tobin 
and Taylor. They finally concluded to try Neel, but 
he was there every time, and at the conclusion of the 
set it was seen that the Oakland players had defeated 
the score of the previous set, 6-1 This brought the 
teams even again, the game being two all. The 
hopes of the Oaklauders now returned. Bates and 
Neel regained confidence, and everybody looked 
anxious as the next was to decide the winners of the 
pennant. This was the most remarkable set of the 
day, and the old saying, a set is never won till it's 
lost, was ably illustrated in this case, when the score 
was five to two, in favor of Oakland, and everything 
pointed to a certain victory. The California team 
pulled together, and by a fine exhibition of hard-up- 
hill play succeeded in evening up the score five all. 
It was now necessary for either team to score two 
consecutive games in order to win; first, one team 
would win the odd game and then the other side 
would win the next, making things even again. 
Thus it ran along almost through another ordinary 
set until 10 all was called. At this stage of the con- 
test the darkness was fast gathering, and after a con- 
sultation the players decided to call it off until some 
future date, and play the last set over again. 

It was thought that it would be played over again 
to-day. but Tobin has other matters to attend to, and 
as Bates will not be able to plav next Saturday, it is 
thought that one week from Saturday next will be 
the day selected. The winners of the match will be 
challenged by O. Hoffman and C. Hubbard, a team 
worthy of the consideration of the best on the Coast. 

Should Bates and Neel win the doubles, it will give 
the East Oakland Club the District Double Champion- 
ship and the Alameda County single, as Bates and 
Neel are in the finals in the latter event. 

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THE WAVE. 



The ttlave 

A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL. 



tatted Weekly from Office of Publication at San 
Francisco 

By COSGRAVE 4 HUME. 



San Fkancisco, January 23, 1892. 



MINES AND MINERS. 

By the expenditure of two and a half millions 
of dollars it is possible to avoid slickens and 
to extract from the auriferous gravel of Cali- 
fornia the sum of $350,0000,000. This State 
lias resources more varied than any other in 
the Union. It produces oranges, raisins, and 
olives. From its central valleys it ships 
wheat by the trainload. On its foothills the 
vine flourishes. Its canned fruits are a factor 
in the world's market. 

For ten years past there has been no 
hydraulic mining in California. Th; decade 
lias been the least prosperous in the history of 
the State. In that peiiod, over one hundred 
millions would have been added to the world's 
wealth. Have our raisins, our olives, our 
.vines, produced a fraction of the amount ? 

Hydraulic mining has depreciated the value 
of certain farm lands at least two and a half 
millions of dollars. But, for this paltry con- 
sideration, the world's treasury is one hundred 
millions poorer. The balance seems against 
the farmer. 

The resumption of hydraulic mining means 
the return of California's prosperity. Of the 
millions taken out of the hills, many will be 
spent in cultivating the valleys. It means 
that the dollars invested in dams, in tunnels, 
in sluices through the mountains will again 
pay interest. 

Tine WAVE offers for the information of its 
riaders a clear and comprehensive review of 
the hydraulic mining situation. The con- 
vention of miners and fanners is the excuse 
f >r the space given to this important subject, 
if an excuse is necessaay. To California 
hydraulic mining occupies nearly the same 
position as wheat-growing does to the 
Dakotas, or cotton to Mississsippi. The 
laws that have prevented the mining of the 
richest fields in the State should be reconsid- 
ered and made illegal. Numbers of men 
have been thrown out of work, millions of 
dollars have been kept out of circulation, and 
it is time the injurious statutes were repealed. 
If the miners and farmers can agree on a 
basis of reparation for injuiy, the politicians 
should have the matter brought to their 
attention. 



Chicago editors are yelling for war; gory, 
truculent war. They want the impertinence 
spanked right out of Chile, and are offering 
advice 011 the quickest and best means of doing 



it. If you study the maps of this country 
you will notice that Chicago is so situated 
that a bombardment from fleets in the 
Pacific or Atlantic impossible. That, of 
course, may not have anything to do with the 
fierce tone of my contemporaries; but it cer- 
tainly has no deterring effect. In the mean- 
time, I am not hunting a fight with Chile; 
The Wave Building is in too close prox- 
imity to the ocean, and I have no desire to 
take my base on " hit by bill." I notice a 
number of prominent citizens are making 
arrangements for Eastern and European trips. 



TALKING ABOUT RAILROADS. 

In a moment of editorial aberration, due, 
probably, to Mr. Bunker's absence in the 
East, the Report alleges that The Wave's 
knowledge of railroad matters is very indefi- 
nite, not to say useless. I merely expressed 
an opinion on the subject in last week's issue, 
and as I have the misfortune not to regard 
the question from my contemporary's stand- 
point my punishment followed quickly. If I 
may for a moment be permitted to drag my 
contemporary from the oblivion of crepuscular 
journalism, I will say to it that building trans- 
continental or trans-alley railroads is not in 
The Wave's line. This journal will leave 
that for the Report, and sincerely hopes that 
it will soon have the satisfaction of knowing 
that a railroad from Chicago or New York to 
San Francisco has been talked of. It seems 
to me that some time ago there was a sub- 
scription raised for the enterprise; and thai 
the trans-continental road was kicking its heels 
waiting in San Francisco's vestibule for ad- 
mittance. The Report probably remembers 
it, too; but if it doesn't, I will not awaken 
unhappy memories. 

My contemporary knows more about rail- 
roads than I do, of course. Indeed, all that I 
know about the matter is this: that until the 
traffic justifies capitalists in going to the ex- 
pense of building and equipping anotherrail- 
way to San Francisco, none will be built. 
These capitalists are queer fish, very. They 
rarely become enthusiastic 011 any subject, and 
so cold-blooded and personal-spirited are they 
that time and again have they declined to 
build and operate railroads at an annual loss of 
a million or two of dollars. I have known some 
of them to send out surveying parties to look 
over a proposed route ; to employ- engineers 
to estimate what it would cost them to con- 
struct a road over it ; to hire men to investi- 
gate the number of tons of freight exported 
and imported by the States and Territories to 
be traversed ; others to form an estimate of 
the amount of local travel that might ensue 
if a railway were built ; others to purchase 
aldermen, councilmen, supervisors, trustees, 
and other boodlers, in order to gain a right of 
way, and after all that was done, I have 
known them to abandon the project, simply 
because the yearly expenses of operating the 
road would be about $2,000,000 more than 
the gross receipts. 

That is all The Wave knows about rail- 



road matters ; as it happened in the case of 
a road that purposed coming into San Fran- 
cisco, the Report will probably say it isn't 
enough to give me a right to speak on the 

subject. 



It is invidious to comment on a decision 
prior to its being rendered, but Judge Coffee 
has intimated so plainly his intentions in' the 
MacDonald will case that filing his conclu- 
sions is merely a matter of form. He is about 
to decide in favor of the claimant. The 
character of the precedent thus established 
it is hard to realize. If sustained by the 
Supreme Court, it will be far reaching in its 
effects. Dangerous as it now is for a rich 
man to die, it will then be disastrous. The 
development of illegitimate heirs will become 
a lucrative profession. The possession of a 
million will entitle the most moral to a 
posthumous reputation for depravity. Even 
the saints will be regarded with suspicion — if 
possessed of the goods of this world — and no 
man may be called virtuous until his remains 
have been two years in a mausoleum. 

I believe Judge Coffee is animated by 
motives of the highest morality, yet he is 
according to children born outside wedlock 
the privileges the rights and considerations 
of those whose birth has been sanctified by 
Church aud State. He is putting a premium 
on pre-matrimonial and ex-marital amours. 
That he establishes a direct consequence for 
breeches of chastity is true, but he also 
creates a precedent the unscrupulous will take 
advantage of. Perjury forms as good a basis 
for paternity as veracity, provided there is a 
sufficiency of witnesses. 



I am informed that if we have a war with 
Chile no privates will be employed to whip 
the bantam. Only gentlemen who are now 
wearing the title of Colonel or General will 
be allowed to volunteer. What ! are you all 
resigning? Well, we have General Salomon 
left. You, too, General ? What's that you 
say? "Corporal Solomon, sir; Corporal 
Solomon." Dear me; dear me ! 

* * * 

The people who are working in the interest 
of Sidney Bell are learning, at a great cost, a 
lesson that any aspirant for office could have 
taught them: Liars and politicians will not 
stay bought. A legislator who will remain 
purchased is an honest man, comparatively. 

* * 

Since the death of the unfortunate Duke 
of Clarence l& grippe has become very fash- 
ionable with the Anglo-Maniacs. 

* * * 

The Emperor has not yet taken. Bismarck 
back as his chief adviser. Is it possible that 
he has met Buckley? 

* * * 

Heaven help us I Pugilists are impervious 

to la grippe. 



THR WAVE. 



HYDRAULIC MINING 



WHY IT SHOULD BE RESUMED. 



AN IMPORTANT MATTER TO THE PEOPLE OK CAI.ll'ORN I A. 



PROCESS OF HYDRAULIC MININO. 



The recent suppression of hydraulic mining 
by judicial decisions, has reduced the annual 
gold product of California by at least $10,000,- 
000; has thrown thousands of men out of 
profitable employment, and has withdrawn 
enormous sums of money from circulation in 
the various channels of trade. Nor have the 
hardships which resulted from this been con- 
fined to persons directly connected with min- 
ing enterprises; being felt generally through- 
out the community, and they have fallen to a 
great extent on the very persons whom the 
decisions in question were designed to protect. 
Fortunately, however, the interdependence of 
the various industries of the State in this 
respect is becoming generally recognized, and 
thoughtful men, of whatever profession, are 
awakening to the desirability of rehabilitating 
the hydraulic mining of the State. It is 
greatly to be hoped that some method will 
shortly be devised for the accomplishment of 
this end, and for the effective prosecution of 
hydraulic mining, in a manner which will at 
the same time insure to the farming interests of 
the State the protection to 'which they are entitled, 
and preserve the navigable rivers of the State as 
well. 

In general, hydraulic mining consists in the 
disintegration of the auriferous alluvia, by 
propelling a heavy jet of water under pressure 
upon the bank, and in washing off the gravel 
in sluices in which is distributed mercury. 
The gold forms an amalgam and remains 
caught. 

By far the greater portion ot the material 
washed from the t banks finds lodgment within 
a short distance of the tailings' dump of the 
mine. Fortunately the canons into which 
most of the mines tail (/. e., wash the debris) 
are of no value for purposes other than to serve 
as storage reservoirs for the mining debris. 
A properly constructed brush or log dam, pref- 
erably the former, for which most of the 
canons below the mines afford advantageous 
sites, would, undoubtedly, impound nearly all 
the material which at present may be carried 
to the subjacent farming lands. Co-operative 
action in this matter, by companies having a 
common outlet for their tailings, would, in 
many localities, make it possible to operate 
their mines without damage to the agricul- 
tural or other interests. As these impound- 
ing dams become filled by the accumulated 
debris, they must be raised higher, or, if nec- 
essary, other dams must be constructed. But 
an insignificant amount of material would be 
carried over the dams as ' ' slickens, "in suspen- 
sion into the valleys into which the canons de- 
bouch. The cost of the construction and main- 
tenance of a system of dams and of the canals 
for disposing of the "slickens" would be of 
no moment, as compared with the beneficial 
result of hydraulic mining. 

On account of the great expense usually 
attending the opening up of drift and hydraulic 
properties, and the low grade of the material 
to be mined, enterprises should be conducted 
upon a large scale. The larger drift or 
hydraulic mining companies own or control 
from one to five miles upon the supposed 



course of the channel. Some have invested 
in the property and plaut from $1,000,000 to 
$3,000,000. The larger drift and hydraulic 
mines work 75 to 125 men, with wages ranging 
from $2 to $3.50 per day. 

The value of gravel washed at hydraulic 
mines is estimated usually upon the basis of 
yield per cubic yard, per miner's inch of 
water used, or sometimes by the product per 
acre. A cubic yard of gravel is from one and 
one-half to one and three- fourths tons. 

Companies hydraulieking more extensively 
have storage reservoirs commensurate with 
the magnitude of their operations. Such 
companies are enabled to continue their pip- 
ing with but little interruption during the 
entire year. The reservoirs constructed for 
mining purposes (chiefly for hydraulic min- 
ing) on Yuba, Bear, Feather, and American 
Rivers have an aggregating storage capacity 
of about 50,000,000,000 gallons, which is 
about twice as much as the Spring Valley 
Water Company's system. 

The source of water supply of the North 
Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company, the 
Milton Mining and Water Company, and the 
Eureka Lake and Yuba Canal Company (con- 
solidated), is about the headwaters of Big 
Canon Creek and Middle Yuba River in 
Nevada and Sierra Counties. The catchment 
area embraced in those sections represents in 
the aggregate 68.6 square miles. There are 
11 principal reservoirs varying in area from 
10 acres to 487^ acres (high water area) each, 
and having a capacity of from 2 x / 2 to 796.7 
million cubic feet. The total area of the 
reservoirs of these companies is over 11,600 
acres (at high water mark) with a total 
capacity of over 2,195,000,000 cubic feet. 

In order to obtain efficient head or pressure 
it is often necessary to bring the writer from 
great distances. To overcome the topo- 
graphical obstacles, considerable engineering 
skill is sometimes required. In Butte County 
the bracket flume ol the Miocene Ditch Com- 
pany is something unique in hydraulics. 

In order to obviate the construction of a 
trestle some 180 feet high, the water is con- 
veyed in a wooden flume (4 feet wide and 3 
feet deep) around a bluff 350 feet in height. 
The flume was suspended upon brackets made 
of T rails, bent in the form of a reversed L 
(j) soldered into holes previously drilled into 
a solid vertical escarpment; men were swung 
down by ropes to drill these holes. 

In another place in this line of ditch is a 
piece of trestlevvork 1088 feet long and 80 feet 
high. 

Herewith are given the statistics of the water 
companies in the central mining counties of 
the .State. The water of these companies is 
used principally for mining purposes. 

Water for hydraulieking costs five to twenty- 
five cents an inch, when purchased from water 
companies; ten to fifteen cents is the usual 
price paid by hydraulic mining companies. 

In 1877-78 the Bloomfield Company used 
855,000 miner's inches (24 hours' inches) of 
water, at a cost of 2% a cents per inch. 

La Grange Ditch and Hydraulic Min- 
ing Company, Stanislaus County. Water 



from Tuolumne River 18 miles from mine. 
Length of ditches, 25 miles. Dimensions: 
top, 9 feet; bottom, 6 feet wide; depth, 4 feet; 
capacity, 2700 miner's inches per 24 hours; 
grade of ditches, 7 to 8 feet per mile. Cost of 
ditches, etc., $450,000. 

Tuolumne County Water Company, Tuol- 
umne Company. Water from South Fork of 
Stanislaus and tributaries. Miles of ditches, 
125 (50 miles not in use now); 6 miles of 
flumes. Grade, ditches, 1 1 to 32 feet per mile. 
Dimensions of ditches: width, bottom, 7}/. to 
11 feet; top, 11 to 15 feet, depth, 4 feet. 
Ditches cost, on average, $4.50 per yard; 
flumes, $14 per yard, and pipes, $6 per yard. 

Union Water Company, Calaveras County. 
Water from North Folk of Stanislaus River. 
Forty miles of ditches; capacity, 2500 miner's 
inches; water grade, 3 to 25 feet per mile. 
Total cost of plant, $200,000. 

Mokelumne Hill and Campo Seco Ditch 
Company. Water fiom head-waters of Moke- 
lumne River. Ditches, over 100 miles; grade, 
8 to 16 feet per mile; capacity of ditch, 1500 
inches. Cost, about $500,000. 

El Dorado Water and Deep Gravel Mining 
Company, El Dorado County. Main reser- 
voir, Silver Lake, Amador County. Main 
ditch, 40 miles; tributary ditches, 70 miles: 
total ditches, no miles; 1 mile of flumes; 3 
miles of pipes. Dimension of ditches: top, 
10 feet; bottom, 6 feet; depth, 4 feet; grade 
of ditches, 4 feet to mile; flumes, grade, lyi 
to 2/2 feet per mile; water delivered, 4000 
inches. Reservoirs cost $45,000. Total cost 
of plant, $6oo,oco. 

California Water and Mining Company. 
Writer from Loon Lake and Pilot Creek, in 
El Dorado County; 250 miles of ditches; 
grade, 6 to 16 feet per mile. Dimensions: 
top, y/z to 8 feet wide; bottnu 2 to 5 feet 
wide; \)'> to 3 feet dee]); water supplied 
by ditches, 1200 inches; flumes, 2^/2 miles. 
Total cost of plant $600,000 

Park Canal and Mining Company. Water 
from different branches of Cosumnes River; 
ditches, 290 miles; flumes, 8 miles; pipe, 1 
mile; grade of ditch, y 2 to 16 feet per mile. 
Dimensions: top, 8 feet wide; bottom, five 
feet wide; 2^ leet deep; capacity of ditches, 
2200 inches. Reservoirs cost about $60,000. 
Total cost of plant, $2,000,000. Ditches cost 
$10 per rod; flumes $12 to $14 per rod; pipes, 
$2.50 to $4.50 per yard. 

Iowa Hill Ditch Company, Placer County. 
Water from North Fork of American; 25 miles 
of ditches; capacity of ditches, 3000 inches. 
Plant cost $200,000. 

North Bloomfield Company, Nevada 
County. Length (including reservoirs) of 
ditches, 157 miles; capacity, 3200 inches; 
grade, 12 to 16 feet per mile Dimensions of 
ditch: top, 8 2 A feet wide; bottom, 5 feet wide, 
depth, y/t feet. Cost of plant, $708,841. 
It costs|$i3,4n3 per year to keep the reservoirs 
and ditches in order. 

Milton Company (including reservoirs). 
Length, 80 miles; grade per mile, 12 to 25 
feet. Dimensions: top, 6 feet wide, bottom, 
4 feet wide; depth) 3jj feet; capacity, 3000 
inches. Cost, $391,579- 

Auburn and Bear River Canal Company, 
Placer County. Seventy-five miles of ditches; 
capacity, 3000 inches. Cost, $350,000. 

Amador Canal, Amador County. Ditches, 
66 miles; capacity, 2000 inches. Cost, $400,- 
000. 

Brandy City. Ditches, 17 miles; capacity, 
2000 inches. Cost, $150,000. 

Buckeye Company, Trinity County. Ditches, 
35 miles; capacity, 2500 inches. Cost, $120, 
000. 

Dardanelles Ditches, Placer County. Seven- 



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teen miles; capacity, 3000 inches. Cost, 
$125,000. 

Del Norte Company. Ditchss, 10 miles; 
capacity, 2000 inches. Cost, $40,000. 

Gold Run Ditch Mining Company. Ditches, 
26 miles; capacity, 2500 inches. Cost, $150, 
000. 

Little York and Liberty System, Nevada 
County, Cal. Ditches, 35 miles; capacity 
3500 inches. Cost, Si 50,000. 

Natoma Water and Mining Company. 
Ditches, 16 miles; capacity, 3500 inches. 
Cost, $390,000. 

Phoenix Ditch Company. Ditches, 100 
miles; capacity, 4000 inches. Cost, $880,000. 

Powers' Ditch, Bntte County. Ditches, 30 
miles; capacity, 2000 inches. Cost, $75,000. 

California Water Company. One hundred 
and twenty-five miles; capacity, 4500 inches. 
Cost $550,000. 

Eureka Lake and Yuba Ditch Company. 
Length of ditches, 163 miles; capacity, 5800 
inches. Cost, $723,342. 

South Yuba Ditch Company. One hun- 
dred and twenty-three miles of ditches; 
capacity, 7000 inches. Total cost of plant, 
$1, 100,000. 

Smartsville Ditches. Capacity, 5000 inches, 
grade, 9 feet per mile; cost, $1,000,000; 
Dimensions: top, 8 feet wide; bottom, 5 feet 
wide; depth, 4 feet. 

Spring Valley and Cherokee. Ditches, 
length, 52 miles; capacity, 2200 inches. Cost, 
about $500,000. 

Hendricks. Ditches, length, 46^ miles: 
grade, 6 to 12 feet per mile. Cost, $136,150. 

Blue Tent. Ditches, 31 miles; capacity, 
2100 inches. Cost, $200,000. 

When feasible ditches are used as conduits 
in preference to flumes or pipes, as the cost of 
construction and of maintenance is less than 
that of the flumes or pipes. 

In some places, the topography of the 
country, the character of the ground (hard- 
ness, porosity, etc.), or other conditions, 
render the use of flumes more economical. 
Flumes are usually of smaller sectional area 
than the ditches, but are given more grade 
(20 to 40 feet per mile ) to compensate for the 
reduced area. Flumes cost from $1 to $2 per 
linear foot. 

At Cherokee, in Butte County, the water is 
conveyed across a deep ravine by an inverted 
siphon of wrought iron. The diameter of the 
pipe is 30 to 34 inches, and its greatest thick 
ness, where subjected to a pressure of 887 
feet (3S4 pounds per square inch), was No 
00 iron, Birmingham gauge, 0.375 inches. 



A LAWYER'S VIEWS. 



C. W. Cross, one of the best-known mining 
lawyers of the State, writes the following for 
The Wave : 

Gold mining, the industry upon which the 
State of California and its abundant pros- 
perity were founded, has produced up to date, 
and in a period of less than 44 years, an 
aggregate bullion yield of more than $1,250 
000,000. This is an amount far in excess of 
all the gold and silver coin now in the United 
States. It has been an important factor in the 
finances of the entire country, and was the 
resource which enabled the United States Gov 
eminent during the Civil War, and subsequent 
to the war, to pay the interest in gold upoi 
the bonds of the Nation. It can almost be 
said that without this enormous gold product 
the Nation would hardly have been able to 
maintain its credit and carry on the great 
Civil War. It has also been a most important 
factor in the financial affairs of the people of 



California, and has been the resource by | 
which the people of the United States have 
been able to meet the difference in value 
between the exports from and the imports into 
the United States. One can hardly guess 
what would have been the unfortunate condi- 
tion of the Nation but for the yield of these 
gold mines. 

In early days gold mining was prosecuted 
in shallow placers; the mining extending to 
no considerable depth, and the operations of 
a single mine moving but small quantities of 
material. But in time the shallow placers 
were worked out, and the remaining deposits 
of gold, now known to be vastly greater in 
value than that contained in the shallow 
placers, are deposited either in quartz veins, 
(so called) or in the deep river channels of 
the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and at con- 
siderable depths from the surface. The 
quartz veins are worked by extracting 
the gold-bearing quartz from the earth, 
crushing it to powder in the mills 
(generally by the use of stamps), and 
then washing away the pulverized quartz by 
means of water, and leaving the gold, which 
is heavier than the gravel, upon plates or in 
sluices, quicksilver playing a very important 
part in the saving of the gold. The deposits 
in the river channels are found at greater or 
less depths, and in two classes of deposits; 
one in which the gold, or a very high per- 
centage of it, is deposited in a single stratum 
of gravel but a few feet in depth; the other, 
where the gold is diffused through banks of 
gravel of considerable depth. The former 
deposits are usually extracted by what is 
known in common parlance amongst the 
miners, as the drift process, which consists of 
reaching the gold gravel deposit usually by 
means of a tunnel, and then extracting the 
gravel containing the gold by what the miners 
call drifting, the gold and gravel being taken 
to the vicinity of a stream of water, and there 
the gravel being washed by means of the 
force of a moving stream. The gold, being 
heavier than the gravel, settles to the bottom, 
and the gravel being carried forward by the 
balance of the water usually into some nat- 
ural stream. In the latter class of deposits 
where the gold is diffused through a gravel 
channel of considerable depth, in recent years 
and especially since about the year 1862, the 
gold has been mined by what is technically 
called by the miners the hydraulic process, 
which consists of washing away the deposit 
of gravel by a stream of water thrown against 
the sides of the deposit under pressure and 
with great force, and usually through what is 
called a little giant or monitor; by this means 
the power of water so applied is made to take 
the place of man-power in such a way that de- 
posits of gravel, which would not pay to work 
by other process are made to yield greater or 
less profits. All three of these kinds of mining 
deposit more or less earthy materials in the 
streams -which receive the waters after they 
have been used for washing at the mines; but 
the hydraulic, technically so called, has moved 
a much larger amount of earthy material from 
its original situs or place of deposit than have 
the other two classes of mining combined. 
Mountains are not washed down by this pro- 
cess, as is sometimes stated by those who are 
ignorant of the true state of facts, but a 
deposit of gravel, with the earthy materials 
upon it, of varying width and sinuous course 
is followed and washed away. 

A considerable proportion of the material 
in all kinds of gold mining in California finds 
its way into the streams adjacent to the mines, 
and portions of such amount are carried down 
said streams towards their mouths. 

Until a recent period no question was raised 



in the Courts as to the right of the miners to 
use the waters and natural water-ways of the 
State for the purposes of mining and to 
remove the mining debris. The debris from 
the mines which has so found its way into the 
streams, and particularly into the Sacramento 
River and its tributaries, shallowed these 
streams in places, and in times of high water 
in greater or less quantities were carried upon 
the lands adjacent to the streams in the low- 
lands of the Valley of the Sacramento River 
The lands damaged have been estimated by a 
Board of United States Engineers appointed 
by the United .States Government to aggregate 
in full about $2,500,000. Within the last 
decade, owners of lands so injured brought 
suits against many of the principal mines 
situated upon the tributaries of the Sacra- 
mento and San Joaquin Rivers, and procured 
inj actions against them, enjoining them (not 
from hydraulic mining) but from depositing 
the debris from the hydraulic mines in such 
streams. The principal proceeding was a 
suit in Equity in the United States Circuit 
Court in California, Judge Sawyer presiding, 
brought by Edward Woodruff, at that time a 
non-resident of the State, against the owners 
of the principal hydraulic mines located 
adjacent to the tributaries of the Sacramento, 
River. The mines against which this action 
by Edward Woodruff was prosecuted were 
producing millions of dollars annually. This 
gold was shipped to the Mint in San Fran- 
cisco and there coined, and all, or very nearly 
all, found its way immediately into the chan- 
nels of trade in that city and in the farming 
districts of the Sacramento and San Joaquin 
River. The miners laboring in the mines 
received high wages and lived well. As a 
class they were intelligent, industrious and 
liberal. A very large percentage of the 
laborers were the heads of families. The 
dividends upon the mines when profits were 
made were distributed almost without excep- 
tion in San Francisco. The laborers' wages- 
were used to meet the expenses of living and 
found their way directly to the farms of the 
Sacramento and San Joaquin River Valleys 
in part, but in much larger part to the retail- 
ers and wholesalers in the City of San Fran- 
cisco. The deposits in the savings and 
commercial banks were largely from the sav- 
ings of the laborers in mines, and the profits 
made by the owners of mines formed a large 
element in the resources from which the 
great improvements were made in and about 
the City of San Francisco. The gold product 
was the principal resource and reason for the 
continuing good times in San Francisco 
and the State at large, such as had never 
before been known in any country or 
any land depending upon natural resources 
and legitimate business enterprises. The 
gold product year by year was greater than 
the spoils of war and the collection of taxes 
brought to Rome in the days of its grandeur; 
but by the action of the courts, and especially 
the United States Court in Woodruff's suit, 
the principal hydraulic mines of the State 
were closed and the gold product of the State 
diminished from $10,000,000 to $12,000,000 
per year. The result is, that there has been 
to the State and its business interests a 
loss, since the injunction in the Woodruff case 
was pronounced, of not less than $50,000,000. 
This loss, while directly a loss to the 
mine owners and laborers, was indirectly an 
equal loss to the business interests of the State, 
and especially of San Francisco. This amount 
distributed amongst the banks of San Fran- 
cisco would be more than $1,000,000 to 
every banking institution. This additional 
wealth to the State, and in the shape of coin, 
would make money and credits easy at every 



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bank throughout the State. When wheat and 
other agricultural products and the principal 
portion of manufactured products go into the 
market, in a short time they are consumed, 
but a gold product, made into coin, goes into 
circulation and remains permanently in cir- 
culation and facilitates trade and all kinds 
of business. When the >jold product of Cali- 
fornia was so enormously reduced by the 
stoppage of hydraulic mines the full force of 
its effect was first felt alone by the hydraulic 
mining districts themselves, but in time 
their effect came to be felt, and seriously, 
too, by the business interests of the State 
and more especially in Sacramento and 
San Francisco. In California, where all 
business is transacted on a gold basis, busi- 
ness cannot be transacted with facility except 
when there is a large amount of gold coin in 
circulation and on deposit in the banks. 
When the gold product was first cut off there 
was the usual amount of gold in circulation in 
California, but little by little that gold has 
been dribbling out of the State, and has not 
been replaced and increased by the large 
product which was customary before the 
hydraulic mines were enjoined. As the Paci6c 
Coast is the only part of the United States 
where coin is the ordinary medium of ex- 
change, when the balance of exchange is 
against the United States, and gold is required 
for exportation to foreign countries, it is 
mostly drawn from California, so that when 
the balance of exchange with foreign coun- 
tries does ran against the United States, it, 
produces tight times and stagnation of busi- 
ness in California, and especially in San Fran- 
cisco. It is hard to realize what would have 
been the difference in the wealth, growth, and 
prosperity of the City of San Francisco if the 
gold product had not been checked by the 
decrees of the courts, and the $50,000,000 of 
product which has been cut off were now in 
circulation. In time the want of this product 
has come to be felt, and keenly felt, by the 
business interests of the State, but the cause 
has probibly not been realized by any con- 
siderable proportion of the business interests 
of San Francisco. The effects have been felt, 
and a-e well known, but the causes have not 
received due consideration. 

In the trial of the Woodruff case evidence 
was introduced tending to show that darns 
could be erected in the waterways in the foot- 
hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which 
would effectually restrain the debris from the 
hydianlic mines; but such dams had not, at 
that time, been erected. Judge Sawyer seems 
to have felt the force of this evidence, and to 
have realized that barriers could be con- 
structed in the canons which would effectu- 
ally impound the mining debris and protect 
the rivers and the low lands from any inju- 
rious results from hydraulic mining, for in 
the decree of injunction which he entered in 
that case, as well as in other cases, he speci- 
fically provided that the partie-, so 
enjoined, might apply to the Court at I 
any time for a modification of the injunc- 
tion upon showing that means had been pro- 
1 vided by which the mining debris should be 
[restrained from doing such injuries. The 
controversy has passed beyond the point 
[ where the miners can claim that they have a 
[right to carry on their operations to the 
-injury of the lands below, but it has not 
■passed the point where proper engineering 
skill cannot be exercised in such a way as to 
revive the hydraulic mining industry with- 
out injury to other interests. With this end 
in view a Board of Engineers was duly ap- 
pointed by the United States Government to j 
investigate the subject of mining debris and! 
report what, if any thing, could be done to 1 



the 
re- 
con- 
will 
the 



debris resulting 
extent of which 
increased by the 
and lower foot- 



rehabilitate hydraulic mining. They were 
engineers of such standing, and holding such 
positions under the Government in its engi- 
neering corps, (and being without any inter- 
est of any kind whatever in result; that 
their conclusions are entitled to 
gravest consideration. They have 
ported that dams or barriers can be 
structed in the mountain canons, which 
so effectually impound the debris from 
hydraulic mines, as that, with a proper system 
of river improvement, such mining can be 
carried on without material injury to the 
streams or the lands adjacent thereto; but the 
work is of such a character that it cannot be 
successfully carried on by private enterprise, 
and the benefits accruing to the people of the 
United States at large, from the revival of this 
industry, would be of such magnitude that it 
can bejustly claimed that the Government of 
the United States should, at its own expense, 
undertake and carry out these improvements. 
Such works, when constructed, would not 
only protect the navigable streams from the 
debris from the mines, but would also hold 
back a vast amount of 
from natural erosion, the 
erosion has been largely 
cultivation of the valleys 
hills, the cutting down of the forests upon the 
western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 
and the grazing of cattle and sheep upon the 
mountain sides. If the United States Govern- 
ment should undertake this work, every dollar 
expended in carrying it out would be placed in 
circulation in the State of California. Its works 
would not be subject to injunction by some 
court, prejudiced or otherwise, as might be 
the case if such works were constructed by 
private individuals and under private control. 
If such works were constructed, under the 
saving clause in Judge Sawyer's decree, 
allowing an application for a modification of 
the injunction, it can readily be seen that such 
inj unctions would be modified and the 
business of hydraulic mining resumed, and a 
large annual output of gold added to the cir- 
culating medium and business interests of 
California. The stoppage of hydraulic raining 
did not merely interfere with business and 
trade, and decrease year by year the amount 
of gold in circulation in California, but also 
threw large numbers of laborers out of em- 
ployment, and these men were added to the 
laboring classes of California asking for em- 
ployment, and thereby overloaded the labor 
markets of the State and increased the unem- 
ployed class, and has been followed by pro- 
portionate discontent and want on the part of 
the laboring classes. The mining localities 
throughout the entire history of the State 
have furnished a large and important market 
for the agricultural and manufactured products 
of the State and a proportionate patronage 
for all kinds of trade and business in San 
Francisco. 

At length the miners of the State have 
called a Convention, asking delegates from 
every county in the State friendly to the min- 
ing interests to participate in the Convention, 
and aid in the solving of the problem as to 
what can be done, and how can it best be 
done, to revive the mining interests of the 
State without injury to any other interests. 
It is a matter which should commend itself to 
every tradesman and public-spirited person of 
the State, and especially of those engaged in 
business in San Francisco. The Chamber of 
Commerce of this city passes resolutions and 
memorializes Congress to take steps which 
will increase our trade a few hundred thou- 
sand dollars per year in some distant island 
of the Pacific Ocean. It should not overlook 
the fact that within the State has been 



destroyed one of the best markets for San 
Francisco products, a market within easy 
reach of the City of San Francisco and w here 
it had exclusive possession of the field of 
trade. Whilst the United States Government 
is doing so much by taxation and in other 
ways to encourage manufacturing, commerce, 
and the agricultural interests, is it unreason- 
able to ask of it that it expend a small sum of 
money in the construction of such engineer- 
ing works, as could be constructed within a 
brief period of time, and thereby increase the 
gold product of California many millions of 
dollars every year? C. W. Cross. 



THF, SITUATION RKYIKWKD. 



The following is a resume of the situation 
by William Irelan, Jr., State Mineralogist : 

There are tens of thousands of square miles 
in the Sierras undeniably rich in beds of gold- 
bearing gravel. On account of the laws 
against hydraulic mining, which was a result 
of the war between the farmers of the valleys 
and the miners of the mountains, the annual 
output of gold in California has decreased 
nearly $10,000,000, and the foothill counties 
have lost more that 50,000 in population, 
without saying anything of the enormous 
decrease in the Assessor's valuations of prop- 
erty. How to permit this great industry to 
continue without detrirneut to the agricul- 
tural interests of the valleys has been the per- 
plexing question with engineers, miners, 
farmers, and the officers of the national 
and State governments. There is no ques- 
tion that there are and have been most im- 
portant equities in the claims of the farmers, 
which are acknowledged by the miners, 
whose contention is that the hydraulic mines 
can be worked without any damage to the 
farms of the valleys, and that the provisions 
of the present law has practically confiscated 
millions of dollars. 

The farmers themselves appear to realize 
this, for at the recent session of the Legisla- 
ture they made no opposition to the passage 
of a law which allows suit for damages 
wrought by hydraulic mining to be brought 
in the county where the damage originated. 
The practical effect of that law will be to 
allow a change of venue. There are other 
and more abundant signs of waning hostility 
to the miners upon the part of the farmers, 
and the conclusion has been of late 
dawning upon the public mind that the true 
soluiiou of the great question lies with the 
Government of the United States. 

What actiou should be taken by the general 
Government to revive the mining industry, 
and particularly hydr.mlL king ? The answer 
is a simple one — by the general Government, 
possibly with State assistance, in the con- 
struction of dams, making effective appropri- 
ations for scouring the rivers upon a broad 
and comprehensive plan framed by the 
engineers of the Government, under which 
dams for the impounding of the debris could 
be constructed so as to prevent injury to the 
lowlands of the river beds. 

The importance of the question has been 
fully recognized by the National Government, 
as Congress in 1888 enacted a law authorizing 
the Secretary of War to appoint a commis- 
sion, consisting of three officers of the army, 
for the purpose of inquiring into and report- 
ing on the extent to which the debris from 
the hydraulic mines had obstructed the navi- 
gation of the San Joaquin, the Sacramento 
and the Feather Rivers, and damaged the 
farming lands along those streams and their 
tributaries. The Secretary of War appointed 
Majors Benyaurd, Heuer, and Hanbury of the 



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Engineer Corps. Unfortunately, the appro- 
priation of $10,000 was ridiculously inade- 
quate for the purposes of the Commission, and 
tneir work was necessarily confined to what 
was little better than observation and recon- 
noissance, but for all that, so prolific is the 
data up 311 the subject that the Commissioner, 
whose report has just been published, has 
made many valuable observations and sug- 
gestions. 

After briefly reciting the history of 
hydraulic mining, the methods whereby it is 
carried on and the legal process whereby it 
has been suppressed, the Commissioners have 
computed the quantity of land along these 
several streams by the alluvial wash brought 
down from their catchment basins, and the 
debris from the hydraulic mines, which quan- 
tity, with the resultant damage, they esti- 
mate as follows : Along the Feather River, 
[7.628 acres valued at $1,097,038: along the 
Yuba River, 11,845 acres, valued at $1,097,- 
577, and along the Bear River, 9741 acres, 
valued at $694,970. Besides which the Com- 
mission finds ;that an additional amount of 
land situated along and adjacent to these 
rivers has been injured, though not wholly 
destroyed, in quantity and to the extent men- 
tioned : Along the Feather, 6940 acres, dam- 
age, $195,750; along the Yuba, 3500 acres, 
damage, $144,500; along the Bear 351 1 acres, 
damage, $82,200; making a total of 39,214 
acres — loss, $2,871,585, and of land more or 
less injured, a total of 13,955 acres, damage, 
$422,450. 

These figures are not only for the land 
injured or wholly destroyed by debris from 
the mines and the country constituting the 
catchment basins of these rivers and their 
confluents, but also cover the damage caused 
by the flood of 1890, which amounted to a con- 
siderable sum. 

In considering the measures for insuring at 
least a partial resumption of hydraulic mining 
in the districts where it has been enjoined, the 
Commissioners are of the opinion that no 
recommendation of theirs will be likely to 
result in a rehabilitation in the present legal 
status of the question, as any attempt at 
resuming operations on the mines enjoined 
would be construed by the courts as a viola- 
tion of their decrees, and punished accord- 
ingly. If by legislation or otherwise these 
decrees could be reversed, or so modified that 
the miners could resume work without expos- 
ing themselves to arrest and punishment for 
contempt of court, the Commissioners are of 
the opinion that in many cases the conditions 
are such that the mining debris could be so 
far impounded that it would cause no injury 
to any interest, property or pursuit whatever. 
In other localities, by means of properly con- 
structed dams, it would be possible to retain 
nearly all the debris, a portion of which would, 
during freshets, be carried over the dams and 
be deposited in and along the rivers below. 
As regards the silt in suspension, it will make 
its escape as it will be carried down stream, 
little or none of it making lodgment on the 
farming lands. When it reaches the naviga- 
ble rivers it will prove equally harmless after 
the channels of these rivers have contracted 
and their currents accelerated through the 
construction of wing dams such as it is pro- 
posed to build at suitable points along them. 

The cost of the several works recommended 
by the army engineers is estimated by them 
as follows: Feather River wing dams, $300,- 
000; Sacramento River wing dams, $300,000; 
dam on the Yuba River at DeGuerre Point, 
from $300,000 to $640,000, according to the 
height: dam on the Bear River at Yan Gie- 
sen's, $150,000; restriction works on the Yuba 



below the foothills, $300,000, and $20,000 
annually for maintaining navigation on the 
Feather River. 

The miners claim that the outletting chan- 
nels to most of the hydraulic mines consist of 
deep canons leading up from the larger riv- 
ers, and that along these canons there exist 
eligible sites for the construction of retaining 
dams, most of them capacious enough to hold 
all the tailings ever likely to be sent from the 
mines above. In cases where the dams would 
not be equal to that end, the escaping mate- 
rial would be caught and retained by the 
larger structures to be erected along the main 
river further down. 

It has l;een sugge-ted that the miners might 
go 011 and build these d uns, trusting to their 
efficiency to protect them from further legal 
proceedings, which suggestion in a number of 
instances they carried out only to discover, 
after heavy expenditures for that purpose, 
that the courts would not allow them to 
renew operations for the reason tbat the dams 
might give way and the escaping water 
destroy the lives and property of the 
inhabitants along the rivers below. 

It will be seen, therefore, that there is 
nothing left but for the general Government 
to come to the assistance of the people of Cal- 
ifornia, and under proper safeguards and with 
the highest engineering skill available at the 
service of the Government, and it has the 
best in the country, to construct the neces- 
sary dams, wing and impounding, and permit 
the renewal of auriferous mining. The dams 
can be easily designed so as to retain but lit- 
tle water. 

The advantage to the Government is obvi- 
ous. With the addition, of $10,000,000 or 
$20,000,000 per annum to the gold of the 
country, from California alone, will not this 
output be of as valuable service to the people 
of the United States as was its great output 
during the momentous years of 1861-65, when 
the country was struggling for its very 
existence ? 

As regards the extent of our mining 
field, it is practically illimitable. A hundred 
millions of additional capital might well be 
invested in it; nor would 100,000 men crowd 
it any more than 60,000. Of the mineral 
deposits that actually exist in California not a 
tithe, probably, has yet been discovered, nor 
has a large proportion of those already dis- 
covered been developed to a productive con- 
dition. Thirty or forty thousand additional 
men, followed by an annual production of $35,- 
000,000 to $40,000,000 of the precious metals 
would be a grand thing for this .State- How it 
would vitalize trade, encourage enterprise and 
impait a healthfui impetus to every enterprise 
and indus'ry of the State ! The price of 
labor would be advanced, idle men and idle 
capital employed, improvement everywhere — 
in the value of agricultural lands and tin ir 
products, in city property, and even in the 
value of money itself. Much of this increase 
of material wealth would flow from the 
resumption of hydraulic mining, even if the 
Government would come to our assistance. 

Prior to the gold excitement in California 
and Australia, in the years 1848 and 1851, 
respectively, the estimated quantity of gold 
in circulation in the world was from $2,000,- 
000,000 to $2,500,000,000. Since the com- 
mencement of this golden era it has been 
computed that the world's gold circulating 
medium has been increased by the introduc- 
tion of about $4,500,000,000. The great 
part that this State has played in the addi- 
tion to the world's wealth will be recognized 
when it is said that fully one-quarter of this 
increase has been derived from the gold mines 



of this State. Of the entire gold production 
of California not less than nine-tenths has 
been yielded by the auriferous gravels, in 
which more than $100,000,000 has been 
invested. 



AN ADDRESS To THE STATE. 



The following was issued by the miners 
and citizens of Placer County for the inforrua 
tiou of the people of California: 

The miners and citizens of Placer County, 
in calling upon the friends of the mining 
industry to meet in a State Miners' Conven- 
tion to discuss their common grievance, and 
to devise ways for general relief, deem it 
proper to give to the people of this State, 
through the medium of this address, some of 
the many reasons which justify and call for 
this movement. 

In doing this we lepresent the industry of 
this State that within the last forty three 
years has poured into the channels of trade 
more than 1 ,250,000,000 of dollars in gold and 
more than 50,000,000 dollars in silver. We 
represent the industry which can again fur- 
nish an equal amount, if accorded the same 
fair and unrestricted freedom and encourage- 
ment which is so wisely extended to all other 
industrial pursuits. And we represent the 
industry that, if it did not create the State, at 
least created all the conditions that entitled it 
to become one of our glorious Union, and then 
furnished the means that enabled that Union 
to maintain its integrity against the most 
gigantic struggle for disintegration ever known 
to the world. 

California, with its grand gold product, still 
leads the combined aggregate gold product of 
all the other States and Territories by half a 
thousand millions, and leads the aggregated 
gold, silver and copper product of any one of 
them by over six hundred millions. liven 
now, the annual gold product of California, 
restricted as it is by unjust abnormal causes, 
is far in the lead of that of any other State, 
and is still a third of the total of all of them. 
And we claim, and propose to show to you, 
that once release the industry from the drag- 
ging friction with a small portion of the agri- 
cultural industry, clear away the tangling 
legal web of unfair Court and Department 
decisions and rulings, expose and break up a 
giant conspiracy which for twelve years past, 
silently, but surely, has been and is now 
engaged in alienating to itself the people's 
heiitage in the mineral lands, and the annual 
gold product will double and tr<ble its pres- 
ent figure. 

Our grievance is only one : the unfair, 
unjust and oppressive construction and mis- 
construction of laws. But it bears on the 
industry from many directions and in many 
ways. From it many consequences have 
come, direct and indirect. Unless relief be 
had, and shortly, a large part of it will be- 
entirely wiped out. 

Commencing with 1857, the annual gold 
product of the State gradually diminished by 
reason of the working out of the rich shallow 
placers, w hich were the concentrations of ages 
of erosion of portions of older auriferous pla- 
cers and still older quartz reins. For the 
exploitation of the shallow placers unskilled 
labor answered, but for the unerodtd portions 
of the older placers and the auriferous quartz 
veins, labor alone was powerless, requiring 
the assistance of capital. Then, too, for these 
last the conditions of their existence had to 
be studied and learned, and new methods and 
appliances of mining tested and developed. 
Necessarily the obtaining of a gold yield to 



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replace the rapidly diminishing product of the the average gold content to be 30 cents a 
shallow placers came slowly. The most cubic yard making an estimated total for these 
readily accessible of these new sources of gold, j of the almost inconceivable sum of S335.- 
the quickest of development, and the surest of 000,000. 



returns, was found to be in the vast deposits 
of exposed auriferous gravels, the detritus of 
an extinct river system. In their exploitation 



In connection with and in reference to the 
proposed storage sites figures of holding 
capacity of these sites are given in this report 



workable gravels as given 
with estimates of 



the estimated 
above. 

Sites for storage dams 
cost are given as follows: 

Page 18. Referring to the Yuba River. 

Oue at DeGuerre Point to cost $ 640,000 

American River 195,891 

Page 27 -Restriction works on the lower 

Vuba 300,000 

Page 73 — Dam on Hear River 177,369 

Page 78 — Dam on North Fork of American. 66,056 
Page Si — Dam on Mi Idle Fork of the 

American 72,168 

Page S2— Dam at Rattlesnake Bar 



51,451,484 



the great industry of hydraulic mining was which show a clear margin over and above 
developed. By itself, in the latter seventies, 
it was fast increa^iug the annual gold product 
of the State, when the legal fight against its 
existence was commenced, that has continued 
uninterruptedly since, and resulted in its prac- 
tical suppression. As results of this litigation 
have come the depopulation of whole commu- 
nities, the property accumulations of years 
have been made valueless, the opportunities 
of many of our people for obtaining a living 
taken away, the best local market in theStUe 
destroyed, and a hundred millions of gold that 
might to day be in circulation, giving life to 
all other industries, still buried in nature's 
treasury. We have no wish to review all that 
has b^en stated pro and con relating to this 
during the last twelve years, but simply claim 
now, as then, that the magnitu le of the indus- 
try, both absolutely and relatively, entitles it 
to the protection of law, and not its oppres- 
sion. That, as a consequence, conceding the 
fact that hydraulic raining debris has over- 
flowed and injured firming lands, the fir->t 
trial of relief is not to stop the mining, but to 
protect the farms. When this has once been 
fairly tried, if it fail, then is the time to consider 
other relief. But it will not fail. On this the 
testimony of disinterested experts is supported 
by the unanswerable logic of accomplished 
facts. Debris dams have been built in France 
and Italy, many of them have accomplished 
the purpose for which designed, and have 
stood the time-test for seventy-five years. 
Disinterested experts have studied the prob- 
lem presented by our mining debris, and say 
that it can be impounded and permanently 
restrained from injuring the farming lands. 
That these statements may not rest on our 
assertion of them, we present for your consid- 
eration extracts from the Report of the Com- 
mission of United States Army Engineers 
appointed by Act of Congress under what is 
known as the Biggs Bdl. This was initiated 
t from a joint resolution of the California Leg- 
islature of 1887, being there unanimously 
agreed to. This Com nission spent the years 
1889 and 1890 in preparing its report, which 
was transmitted and received by Congress, 
February 21, 1891. (Singularly enough, no 
friend of the mining industry has been able to 
see a copy of that report until now, though its 
enemies have had it.) 

We quote from said report, page 5: 

It is estimated that over 100,000,000 of dollars were 
invested in this branch of mining previous to the 
restriction by the courts. 

Pages 8 and 9: 

In 1880 it was estimated that the land in the Sacra- 
mento Valley damaged by mining debris from the 
Feather River, Vuba River, and Hear River amounted 
to 41,046 acres, and the value of said land was 
$2,510,835. 

No mention is made of damage on the 
American River lands. 
Pages 14 and 15: 

Amount of auriferous gravel workable: 

CUBIC VARUS 

North Vuba water-shed 90,000,000 

Middle Vuba water-shed 140,000,000 

South Vuba water-shed 560,000,000 

Deer Creek water-shed 25,000,000 

Below the Forks of the Vuba 40,000,000 

Bear River region 157,000,000 

American above the forks 105,000,000 



Total amount gravel available 1,1 17,000,000 

Hydraulic miners thoroughly acquainted 
with the gold yield of these gravels estimate 



Total cost of storage dams 

These figures include but a small portion 
of the water-shed of the Sierras, while the 
same conditions are true to a greater or less 
extent throughout the entire gold fields of 
California, extending from Siskiyou to San 
Diego. 

We have invited your attention at length 
to hydraulic mining, not that it is the only 
branch of mining which is feeling the unfair 
interpretation of our laws, but because it has 
been crushed out and the story it tells is most 
emphatic. The same interpretation of law 
which has shut down the hydraulic mines 
can be used to shut down the drift and even 
the quartz mines. The language of the 
decrees of injunctions of the State and Cir- 
cuit Courts is so worded as to make possible 
u their application to any other mining using 
water. Concerning this, the report of the 
Commission says : 
Page 4. 

It will be observed that the decree is not against 
hydraulic mining in name, but against the damping 
of debris into the streams, ravines, etc,, and it would 
therefore include all classes of mines should any 
action be considered necessary to prevent the 
detritus from said mines entering the streams. 

All gold mining in California is hydraulic, being 
the same in principle, running water separating gold 
from the matter in which it is imbedded. 

In addition to the possible use of debris 
litigation, drift and quartz mining are hamp- 
ered and restricted in other ways the pressure 
of which is only now beginning to be felt. 
When in the early days of mining the miners 
made their local laws they worked satisfac- 
torily because adjusted to the special local 
conditions. Congress, recognizing this, made 
its general laws very simple, authorizing the 
making of the local laws, only adding a 
limitation as to the size of individual claims 
and requiring a certain annual expenditure as 
a guarantee of good faith in making the 
claim. Also laws were provided for the 
patenting of mineral claims in compliance 
with defined conditions. So satisfactory were 
the general laws that they soon superseded 
the old local laws in this State. During the 
last ten years, however, Court and Depart- 
ment decisions and rulings have been placing 
new and restricted interpretations on the 
Statutes, miking more difficult the acquiring 
of patent, and have finally gone further and 
practically nullified the Act of Congress 
reserving the mineral lands from other than 
mineral entry and patent. The plain obvious 
conditions of existence of mineral deposits 
have been ignored, and in their place rules set 
up which will tend to prevent the exploration 
for mines in these lands and seal up their 
treasures indefinitely. The Statutory require- 
ments to obtain patents are : First, a valid 



location of mineral ground; second, proof 
of bona fide expenditure of $500 for labor and 
improvements; and third, no valid adverse 
claim. By virture of decisions and rulings 
the requirement now is that the mineral claim 
shall be a paying mine. Now it is plainly 
evident that the expenditure of S500 will not 
make a mine pay or even develop that it will 
pay once in a thousand times. Inasmuch as 
capital will not risk the large amounts neces- 
sary without certainty of title in advance it 
follows that very few new mines will be found. 
Also, the Department fails to recognize a 
mineral value in non-mineral land as a neces- 
sity of its use for mine easements, and 
unwise, hampering restriction. 

The shutting down of the hydraulic mines 
destroys the valu3 of their vast bodies of 
auriferous gravels. The restrictive interpre- 
tations of the mining laws are discouraging 
the prospecting for new drift and quartz 
mines and stopping the development of many 
already discovered. The practical effect of it 
all is that the mineral lands are left open to 
entry and appropriation in large tracts as 
agricultural, timber or desert lands till min- 
eral shall be actually mined in paying quan- 
tities. This was not the intent of Congress, 
which aimed to encourage the exploration and 
development of the mineral lands as such. 

We have called on the friends of mining to 
meet in convention to discuss these obvious 
wrongs against the industry. We desire 
through this convention to obtain unity of 
action in securing remedies. We desire to 
have it so memorialize Congress as to secure 
prompt and favorable action on the report of 
the CommisMon of Engineers herein referred 
to. We desire, as a matter of simple justice 
in part return for the losses ot ten years 
repression of hydraulic raining, as a part of 
the general public policy of the nation 
toward its industries, and as a guarantee, 
both to farmers and miners alike, of a fair 
unrestricted trial of the dams, that they shall 
be constructed by the Government, and that 
C vngress shall appropriate the money theref >r. 
We desire further to so memorialize Congress 
as to secure such changes in the mining 
statutes as shall more exacily define the 
rights of mining exploration, occupation and 
purchase, and thus prevent their acquisition 
in any other way than under the mining laws 
of the United States. 

In addressing the people of the State we 
consider our grievance is in a measure yours. 
That the relation of gold mining to all other 
occupations is such that all the others have 
an interest in its prosperity. Gold is the life 
blood of society; the measure of all wealth 
and the medium of all exchange. Its abund- 
ance is of vital, never-ending importance and 
that State which has the most per capita is 
the strongest, for it comnmids the labor, the 
products, and the wealth of the others. 
Again, where all other industries compete 
within themselves and against each other in 
the struggle to become wealthy, and lessen 
individual rewards as they grow, the gold and 
silver mining industries stand by themselves 
as those which in their extension increase in- 
dividual rewards not alone of their followers 
but of the followers of all other industries. 
They are the only ones that are not compet- 
ing producers, but on the contrary are com- 
peting consumers for all the others. 

Apply these general economic truths to our 
own local California conditions. Consider the 
disturbance in our affairs caused by a flow of 
50,000,000 from New York to Europe last 
spring. Of that 50,000,000, 5.000,000 was 
withdrawn from the monetary circulation 
of our State, disturbing and unsettling values 



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and making money hard to get. Consider if 
we had 10,000.000 more coming out of the 
earth every year to meet just such drains, 
would not we be more assured in our prosper- 
ity as a State, and would not each industry 
feel the additional impulse that this amount 
oflgold would give? These, then, are the 
conditions and some of the reasons why we 
call on the friends of the mining industry to 
meet us in this convention and we commend 
them to your consideration, confident that in 
them you will see our interest as yours. 

(Signed.) 
R. L. Dunn, J. H. Nkfk, 

M. SCHNABKL, J. M. FlJLWKILKR, 

George Colby, John B. Hobson, 
Chas. G. Yalk, J. A. Free her,. 
Amos Stevens, Noblk Martin, 

I). W. Spear. 



CLINTON 7 C( )NSOLII)ATEI). 



PACTS KKCAKDIM. A PROMINENT MINE. 



The following will be of interest at the 
present time, as it has to do with one of the 
best-known properties in the State, The 
Clinton Consolidated Gold Mine : 

Amador County is one of the wealthiest in 
the State, and the annual output of gold is 
larger than that of any other in California. 
The mines that have contributed largely to 
this favorable showing, the Clinton Consolida- 
ted is among the best known. In a very 
short time it has taken a front place with the 
gold-producers, and, owing to the splendid 
management, the judicious expenditure of 
part of the earnings for improvements, and 
the honest and upright methods employed in 
its manipulation, it enjoys the confidence of 
all the mining men on the coast. The com- 
pany that now owns the property is wealthy 
and responsible, and at the head of it is 
Charles S. Wielaud. a sagacious shrewd, 
enterprising young man, who has made the 
mine a thorough success. 

Mr. Wieland's efforts in this direction have 
been seconded by an enthusiastic Board of 
Directors, who are in entire harmony with the 
President in his desire to make the Clinton 
one of the best known and most productive 
mines in California. On every proposition 
that has for its basis the advancement of the 
stockholders' interests, the Board is a unit, 
and in its actions the shareholders have full 
confidence. 

The Clinton Consolidated mine is situated 
near the town of Wieland, which has risen 
very far above the condition of a mining camp. 
There is a population outside of the mines, 
and in course of construction are a school- 
house, church, and general store. Expressed 
in every feature of the place is success, and 
the splendid influences of religion and educa- 
tion are noticeable. Wieland is less than seven 
miles from Jackson, which it will soon rival 
in importance. The mine is situated on what 
is called the " mother lode " of the County, 
and in the past twelve months has paid eight 
dividends, aggregating 572,000. The Com- 
pany is now spending Sioo.ooo in improve- 
ments, which will make the stock very valua- 
ble, as there are immense quantities of pay 
ore in sight. There are three large quartz 
veins from fourteen to twenty-two feet wide. 



with cross-veins of from four to five feet in 
width, and each vein carries a large gorge. 
Two gold-bearing ledges that meet about 500 
feet below the bottom of the shaft now in use, 
or 800 feet below the surface, and another 
ledge of great value, is included in the prop- 
erty. In November a new- shaft was begun, 
with three compartments. This has now a 
depth of 300 feet, and will be sunk to about 
1000 feet, when it is thought the ledges will 
be met. 

The property owned by the company con- 
sists of 420 acres, aud so confident were the 
directors of the magnificent future of the mine 
aud the value of the'ore, that only a short time 
ago they expended $165,000 for 200 acres ad- 
joining the ground already in their posses- 
sion. The two principa' ore bodies in the 
property are known as the Union and Paugh 
veins, which have been developed by shafts: 
levels have been made, and a .large amount 
of ore has been taken out aud milled. The 
; vein contains a great deal of ribbon rock, 
heavily charged with auriferous sulphurets, 
and galena; some is estimated as high as S500 
a ton. 

A splendid 20-stamp mill is in operation 
at the mine, turning out since September, 
1890, 2000 tons a month. On the company's 
newly-acquired property is a 10-stamp mill, 
which is also being utilized to crush the ore 
taken from the Clinton. The mills are sup- 
plied with steam and water power; the former 
consists of a 12x24 Meyer's cut off engine and 
a horizontal tubular boiler; the latter consists 
of a six-foot Pelton wheel working under a 
head of 365 feet. Water is conveyed to the 
large mill from the Volcano ditch system by a 
pipe line 2000 feet in length. The stamps, 
iooo pounds each, and everything about the 
miue presents an appearance of solidity and_ 
success. The ore bin has a capacity of nearly 
300 tons, and a 9x15 Blake rock breaker is 
used to crush the ore for the stamp. 

The Company recently elected chlorination 
works, which are probably the finest in the 
State. The sulphurets are of great value, and 
with a capacity of five tons, have paid hand- 
somely. The mine has everything that shows 
careful and successful management. The 
Directors are all business men of wealth and 
standing, and the President, Mr. Wieland, 
is devoting a great deal of time to the enter- 
prise. He is greatly interested in this ven- 
ture, and as mining is a hobby of his, he has 
given such attention to it that he is now a 
practical miner, whose assays are regarded as 
final. 



THE SAN FRANCISCO MINK. 



HOW THE I. AW AFFECTED IT. 



To illustrate the injurious effect on the 
mining community directly and the people of 
the State at large by the result of Judge 
Sawyer's decision, a case in point is that 
of the San Francisco mine. This mine is 
situated in Todd's Valley, Placer County, and 
is owned principally by the Wieland estate. 

j The mine is quite an extensive one and was in 
continual operation for ten years prior to the 
closing of the hydraulic mining industry by 

j adverse legislation. 

The output from this miue alone averaged 
some $6,ooo a month. During the lime the 
mine was operated something like $700,000 
was taken out and placed in circulation. 

I When it is conceded that this is but a single 



instance and by no means an unfair illustra- 
tion of the wealth now tied up in hydraulic 
claims which are not worked, one can faintly 
realize the immense amount of gold which 
the claims collectively hold. 

Mining for gold has been the leading indus- 
try and source of wealth of this county since 
1849, and should continue to be one of ihe 
principal sources of wealth in the future. 
Hydraulic mining began in the county in 
1854, and was carried on successfully at Forest 
Hill. Bath, Michigan Bluff, Iowa Hill, Wis- 
consin Hill, Gold Run. Dutch Flat, and the 
industry increased rind flourished until the 
debris litigation, resulting in stopping, by 
injunction, all the hydraulic mining in the 
county. 

Taking into consideration the fact that 
there are within the county limits some 200 
miles of unworked auriferous gravel channels, 
and an immense area of auriferous metamorphie 
rock in which are great numbers of veins of 
auriferous quart/., and basing an estimate on 
the amount of gold yet remaining in the un- 
worked channels on the result obtained from 
channel workings at Forest Hill, Iowa Hill, 
Deadwood, Last Chance, Canada Hill, Dutch 
Flat, and some deep channel workings 
between Rocklin and the American River 
varying from $100 to $1000 per lineal foot of 
channel worked, and equal to a product 
varying from 500,000 to 5,000,000 per mile, 
it is evident that the amount of gold already 
extracted is but a trifle compared with the 
amount yet remaining in the once lost river 
chaniu Is. 

The Wielaud estate are fortunate in having 
their ciaim embrace some of the most valu- 
able timber land in the county. This, with the 
prospect of favorable legislation for the re- 
sumption of work on the property, mikes the 
San Francisco Hydraulic Mine a valuable 
piece of ground. 



Deposits Received in Sums from $1.00 upwards. 



▼ ° CALIFORNIA. - ▼"^^ 



sBANKs 

Pacific Bank, Treasurer. 



Capital Stock, 



$1,000,000.00 



l>ai<l lip in 4'nsli S3S3.333.33 

Nulijo. t to t all. t>00,OGO.«7 

Interest per annum IMftX TKRM Deposits. (A) 
for last two years: il.«d,01tl)l.\ Alt V Deposits 

IXTKIt i;sT la credited twice a year, and if not with- 
drawn bears fntejesttoe >amc as the principal, thus com- 
pounding nrrnl-anntinllr 

Children and SJarried Women may deposit 
money subject to their own control. 
B. O. 4'arr, t'uiumbtis Waterlianse, 

Manager and Secty. President. 

Man I'rnnrlM'ii, California, July 1, 1M9I. 



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17 



THE DEANS DILEMMA. 



The afternoon sun streamed in through the library 
windows of the Deanery of Ancaster. lighting up the 
rosy features and comfortable figure of the Dean as 
he sat in frowning contemplation of two letters. 

One, written in a scrawling, masculine hand, he 
took up and perused for the dozenth time. Truly the 
contents furnished sufficiently grave matter to 
harass the mind of any father — more especially when 
that father chanced to be a wealthy dignitary of the 
Established Church. In the wretchedly-written note, 
his affectionate son Reginald wished to inform his 
father that during his last vacation in town he had 
been introduced to Miss Lorraine, the well-kuown 
actress; that he had speedily fallen in love with her, 
an affection which Miss Lorraine reciprocated: and 
further that, providing the Dean gave his consent, 
dear Effie had promised to marrv him whenever he 
liked. 

To this letter, whose unwelcome news fell on him 
like a thunderbolt from a clear blue sky, the Dean 
had returned a furious answer. Was Reginald mad, 
he fiercely demanded, to ask permission to bring into 
the sacred atmosphere of the Close, a woman branded 
by the name of actress ? For many years, as 
Reginald well knew, both he and his deceased wife, 
Lady Augusta Meredith, as prominent members of 
the Society for the Suppression of the Drama, had 
labored long aud earnestly to prevent followers of the 
theatrical profession from posturing in any hall of 
entertainment in Ancaster. Had his son forgotten 
that throughout the length aud breadth of the 
country the Very Reverend John Meredith, Dean of 
Ancaster, was renowned for his pamphlets on the 
Degrading Influence of the Stage ? Once, and for 
all, let Reginald understand that to his father's mind, 
an actress, of any rank whatsoever, was but a 
synonym for the Scarlet Woinau; and that should 
Miss Lorraine (of whose name and existence even the 
Dean had previously lived in total ignorance) persist 
in her marriage with his son. she would enjoy the 
pleasure of wedding a man alienated alike from his 
father's heart and his father's purse. In other words, 
the Dean announced his intention to cut Reginald off 
with the proverbial shilling. 

As yet Reginald had returned no answer to this 
fiery missive. But, in the meantime, another blow 
had fallen upon the Dean. In the second note, dated 
the previous day, the Reverend Jabaz Browne, Minor 
Canon of Ancaster Cathedral, and a prominent mem- 
ber of the Dean's pat society, begged to inform his 
ecclesiastical superior that, despite every opposition, 
the proprietor of the Jubilee Hall had at last obtained 
a dramatic license, and that, eveu at that momeut 
highly-colored posters, whereon was depicted a 
female dancer in the most outrageous costume, were 
to be seen placarded on every spare hoarding in 
Ancaster. Would the Dean be conteut to stand idly 
by while the shameless picture of this Miss Lorraine, 
in her celebrated pas sen.', corrupted the morals of 
every schoolboy in the diocese ? 

As the Dean laid down the Minor Cauon's letter a 
thrill of half apprehensioa and half triumph ran 
through his veius. Truly he had done well to be 
firm with Reginald; but how should he deal with 
this woman, who had the audacity to flaunt her 
degrading performance under his very nose ? 

" A lady to see you on business, sir," announced 
the butler at 'this moment. "Wouldn't give her 
name, but said she hoped not to detain you many 
minutes." 

As the Dean crossed the hall on his way to the 
drawing-room his mind conjured up a vision of the 
usual dowdy lady visitor, with whom familiarity had 
bred in him a species of contempt. She would wear 
a gown of rusty black: a pair of blue spectacles 
would probably surmount her irregular nose; her 
hands would be encased in a pair of black thread 
gloves, or more probably the gloves would be rolled 
in a tight ball on her lap; and her long, skinny 
fingers would ba fumbling for the subscription list 
which was invariably concealed at the bottom of a 
remarkably shabby leathern satchel. 

The drawing-room door stood slightly ajar; as the 
Dean entered his foot made no sound upon the thick 
Turkey carpet. The lady was seated with her back 
. to the long French window which opened upon the 
garden. As she was gazing pensively at the carya- 
tides which supported the white marble chimney- 
piece, the Dean, though a trifle short-sighted, had 
time to catch sight of a charming profile. He gave 
a little warning cough; the visitor turned hastily 
round. 

" Good afternoon, madam," began the D^an, bow- 
ing slightly in the direction of the armchair. " I 
fear I — er — have not the honor of your acquaintance." 

In some slight hesitation these last words were 
uttered. Somehow the Dean had a vague conscious- 
ness that the lady's profile bore a familiar resem- 
blance to some one of his feminine acquaintances. 
At the same time the lady herself differed consider- 
ably from the customary type of visitors. Though 



■ _ • 

not in her first youth, the Dean, from the elegance of the remembrance of his own youthful folly, he thought 

her figure, judged her age to be between thirty and of those passion ite love-letters he had indited, those 

forty. A pair of sparkling dark eyes, surmouuted by ferveut kisses he had ouce pressed on Lottie's ruby 

a neat fringe of golden hair, surveyed the Deau with lips — 

a curiously intent glance which half embarrassed ;him " Yes," said the clear voice of his old love, break 

her well cut black-cloth gown was guiltless of even ing in upon his meditations, " it is Lottie. The Lottie 

the suspicion of a wrinkle, aud her hands were en- whom you threw over for a rich wife — the Lottie 

cased in the neatest and most perfect-fitting of Suede whose daughter's happiness you would wreck with as 

gloves. little co.upunction as you wrecked her mother's — the 

As the sound of the Dean's clear tones fell upon her I/ottie who, despite your baseness, has loved you all 

ear, the lady gave a perceptible start. She clasped her life, who has kept all your letters — " 

her hands agitatedly, looked down mournfully for an At these words an ominous presentiment stole over 

instant on the floor' and then, with the same troubled the De in' s heart. To give due effect to her tragic 

expression, glanced across at the Deau. declamation. Lottie made a slight pause, and looked 

" I trust you will pardon the liberty I have taken expectantly at her companion, 

in calling upon you,"' she said, with a little quiver Strangely metamorphosed, with her yellow hair, 

in her voice, "but my errand is a very delicate one, her elegant figure, her very manner of speech, as the 

and " once buxom, brown-eyed Lottie Marsh might be, the 

She paused and uttered a deep sigh. The Dean Dean now recognized the old flash in the sparkling 



bowed gravely; this preamble was probably but the 
opening for the usual begging theme. 

"If I can be of service to you, madam,'' he replied 
in his dignified manner, " I shall be happy to help 
y-ou in any way." 

The agitation of his visitor increased; for an instant 
a dainty cambric handkerchief was held to her eyes — 
an action which considerably flurried the Deau. 

" Yes." exclaimed the lady fervently, as the Dean 
paused for aa answer, " you and you aloue, can assist 
me. In me you behold a distressed widowed mother, 
who appeals to you for help in her great trouble. 



black eyes, the old audacity of smile which had once 
enthralled him with its very boldness. 

" Well," resumed Lottie, as her domfoanded com- 
panion still made no sign, " I thiuk you will give 
vour consent uow." 

" No," burst forth the Dean, suddenly recovering 
his preseuce of mind, " in spite of our old acquain- 
tance I must still refuse my consent." 

He drew himself up with a certain dignity and 
glared solemnly down at the trim figure which stoo 1 
so close to his side. 

'' And now, madam," he continued with his hand 



With such tragic emphasis were the last words on the handle of the bell, " I presume our interview 1- 
uttered that the Dean began to feel slightly nervous, at an end. You have heard ray decision; and much as 
After all. she was onlv a beggar. He would give her I regret to wound your feelings, I must assure you 
five shillings and hint at her speedy departure. than any further discussion of this painful question 

" No. no," ejaculated the lady, as the Dean fu 11 bled will be utterly useless." 
for his purse: "it is not mouev — it is justice I want. \ He rolled off his souorous periods with a solemn 
My story is but brief. precision intended^to impress and overawe his com- 

With an air of patient resignation the Dean seated panion. But with one hand laid lightly upon the 
himself iu the opposite armchair. Another of these j back of a chair, Lottie still surveyed him with the 
never-ending brief stories, he reflected ruefully, as he 1 same disconcerting bold glance. 

snrveved his restless visitor. "Of course, you are prepared for the cons2- 

" To come to the point immediatelv," resumed the quences," she; said, with the slightest suspicion of 
ladv in so stern a tone that the Dean almost started, a sneer. " I shall first instruct my solicitor to bring 
" a'few weeks ago vour son Reginald proposed to my a breach of promise action against your son." 
daughter Efiie. She agreed to marry him ou Condi- I The Dean reddened slightly; but reflecting that in 
tion of vour consent. That consent vou refused. My all probability the matter could be settled out ot 
daughter, as proud as vou. immediatelv broke off the court by means of a sufficient money compensation, 
engagement. At the "same time she is wretchedly he shrugged his shoulders with a would-be air of 
unhappy. I sav nothing of vour son's feelings — those I indifference. 

are for' vou to consider— but 1 cannot have my " How the circulation of the facial will go up," 

daughter's life spoiled without making one effort "continued Lottie, eyeing the Dean more closely. 

At this point the paroxvsm of sobs interrupted her j " when the accouut is published ot how the Dean ol 
narrative. She broke off aud buried her face in her Ancaster and his sou in turn jilted an actress— s> 
handkerchief. appropriate, you know," with a sneering laugh which 

During her speech the ordinarv rosv tints of the made her companion's blood again run cold, " the 
Dean's cheeks had become crimson with wrath. His father throws over the mother, and the son repeats 
blood actuallv boiled at the audacitv of the woman, the example with the daughter. ' 

with her cock-and-bull stor.- of her shameless daugh- During her last words the Dean's face seemed to 
ter's uuhappices. : have lost its ruddy color; his hands trembled a little 

"Madam. " he said, trviug to speak calmly, aud a? his fingers played nervously with his watch-chain 
entirely disregarding the' ladv's sobs, " vour errand " Y'ou are confusing matters," he said, at a wretched 
is entir'elv in vain. "On no consideration' whatsoever attemptat ease. " Alter five and twenty years' silence 
will I give mv consetu to Reginald's marriage with you can scarely sue me for breach of promise— m >re 
an actress." ' especially as you have been mirriediu the interval. 

As though to end the interview, the Dean rose from | A id as for my son, I have 110 doubt we can come to 
his seat and stood with his back to the fireDlace. To some p cuniary arrangement which will compensate 
his surprise the sobs suddenly ceased. - The ladv rose you for any inconvenience either you or your daugh- 
from her'chair, and, thrusting her;iiandkerchief'iu her ter miy have suffered." 

pocket, confronted him with angry, tearless eyes. Lottie's eyes flashed ominously a. the Dean ended 

"On no coasideration ? " she "reiterated, with a his speech. 



scornful emphasis, accentuated further by a g'ance of 
withering contempt. "When you have heard the 
rest of my story, I think you will not refuse my 
request." 

The slight smile of triumph with which she e ided 



No, John Meredith," she said, slowly " 1 refuse 
vour p.cuniarv offers. So far as my own case is con- 
cerned. I admit it would be useless to sue you for 
breach of promise. But," (with an emphatic em- 
phasis in her toue^ " vour letters and the account of 



her words roused the Dean's anger to its culminating your old flirtation, as you might be pleased to call it. 
point. His face grew purple with indignation; his shall be given in the pages ol the , '•. along wit.i 
wrath threatened to choke him at the sight of his your son Reginald's, in order to show the public the 



visitor's calm assurance 

"Never, madam,'' he thundered forth with all the 
impressiveuess of tone with which he was wont to 
pronounce Anatheuia-Maranatha. " Any further en- 
treaties are useless; I will never withdraw my opposi- 
tion." 

To his consternation, the lady burst forth in 



force of hereditv. Like father, like son, you know 
And then reflect," she ended, with a wicked smile, 
" how delighted every one will be to read that the 
President of the Society for the Suppression of the 
Drama was once madly in love with Lottie Lorraine, 
the ce'ebrated dancer aud burlesque actress." 

Beads of perspiration broke out on the Dean's 



peal of laughter; the next moment she had crossed 1 forehead as the awful nature of the dilemma flashed 
the intervening space between them, and, with a upon his mind. The situation was frightful. This 
smile of familiarity, which almost froze the Dean's terrible woman had him completely in her power 



blood, had laid her gloved hand upon his coat sleeve 
" What, Johnny," she said, her dark eyes flashiug 
roguishly, " not even for »/<• .'" 

Staggered by this amazing address, the Dean 
stood as one petrified; with a half-terrified glance 
he looked down to meet the gaze of those mock- 
ing eyes, which were still fixed upon him with a 
curious intentness of purpose. Suddenly a dimness 



she had planned this revenge as a retaliation for a 
boyish flirtation which he had long since forgotten. 
He paced up and down the room in a very lever of 
impotent rage. On the one hand, to give his consent 
to his son's marriage with an actress would be equal 
to a public recautat on of the most cherished hobby of 
Irs life. Ou the other hand, the publication of those 
idiotic, passionate love-letters, with the account of 



came before his sight; the blood receded from hi- his youthful flirtation worked up in ihe " Spit p " 
cheek, style of the Jackal, would cause, not merely the loss 

" You ! " he gasped, hoarselv— " Lottie ! " ol' prestige in his diocese, but would render him the 

In the space of a single moment, a quarter ot" a laughing stock of the country. Visions ol cartoons 
century had rolled away from the Deans mind. He I in the comic papers, headed "The I > an and tie- 
saw himself, a student at Oxford, madlv in love with Dancer," arose belore his fevered mind, lie saw the 
the dark eves and rosy cheeks of Lottie Marsh, the I thunderstruck face of the Minor Canon at the dis- 
1 daughter of a country innkeeper. With a shudder at 1 covery of his idol's feet of clay; he watched the 



[8 



THE WAV K. 



chauce of that possible bishopric fade quickly away 
into nothingness; he shuddered at the public ridicule 
and chaff; he even heard his son, Reginald, plead a 
precedent in his father's example. 

With a triumphant look at his agitated face, Lottie 
again addressed him: 

" Well, are the letters to be published ? " she asked, 
in a dangerously quiet voice. 

In trembling indecision the Deau paused before 
her. His brain in a whirl; at one moment he would 
defy the woman and save his sou. The next instant 
the thought of the public exposure caused the words 
to die away ou his hps. 

" Choose," said Lottie Lorraine, laying her hand on 
his arm and looking deliberately into his face. 

Iu their pre occupation, neither had heard the 
entrance of another person into the room. With the 
familiarity of old friendship, the Minor Canon, pass- 
ing the open drawing-room window, and seeing the 
form of the Deau, had stepped in to discuss the ques- 
tion of posters. 

At the sight of a golden-haired woman, clutching 
the Dean's arm and looking up into his face, the Rev. 
Jabez Browne uttered a sudden exclamation. With 
a startled expression, the Dean turned round. 

"I beg your pardon," said the Canon, in a frigid 
tone, "I am afraid I interrupt." 

" No, no," exclaimed the Dean, who, after the first 
shock of surprise, was disposed to look upon the 
Canon's appearance as a divine interposition from his 
present difficulty. " I am at liberty now; this lady," 
bowing in the direction of Lottie, "has finished her 
business." 

But the Canon's mental balance had received a 
shock; the sight of the Dean's agitation had not 
escaped his lynx eyes. 

"Another time," he said, coldly. "My business 
was simply connected with those theatrical posters. 
I presume I have your sanction to arrange a meeting 
for their removal from the hoardings?" 

At the word posters, Lottie had pricked up her 
ears. 

" What placards are those? " she asked, cooly step- 
ping forward and addressing the Minor Canon. 

" The disgraceful advertisements of a theatrical 
company," thundered forth the Minor Canon, in 
whose eyes Lottie had met with little favor, " in which 
a creature is represented in the shameless attire of a 
ballet-dancer." 

In breathless silence, the Dean waited for Lottie's 
answer. With a half-piteous glance he looked across 
at her, but as his eyes noted the triumphant expres- 
sion on her face, his heart suddenly died within 
him. 

"Oh, indeed," remarked Lottie deliberately, 
" considering that the Dean's future daughter-in-law 
happens to be the prima donna of the company and 
that the humble person who now addresses you is no 
less than her mother, the shameless ' creature,' you 
can hardly expect his Reverence to consent to hold 
such a meeting." 

At this announcement, uttered in a tone of calm 
insolence, the Canon's face assumed an expression of 
horror-stricken amazement. 

" Is this true ? " he demanded, breathlessly, of the 
miserable Dean. " You have given your consent to 
your son's marriage with an actress ? " 

The wretched victim threw oue agonized glance at 
his tormentor; her face was adamantine in its 
triumph. 

•' Ye-es," he faltered, in an anguished whisper. 
*•»***#**« 

Two months after this event an announcement of 
the marriage of Miss Iiffie Lorraine to Reginald, onlv 
son of the Very Rev. John Meredith, Dean of Aucaster 
appeared in the limes. From the moment of his un- 
willing consent, the Dean had refused to hold any- 
further communication with his son. On the morn- 
ing after the wedding, a letter directed in a feminine 
handwriting, arrived at the Deauery by the early 
post. As the Dean read the contents, his face 
assumed an apoplectic hue, and for the first time for 
many years a shockingly profane exclamation escaped 
his lips. 

My Dear Johnny (ran the note)— Pardon the 
familiarity of the address, as this is the last time I 
shall call you by the old name. As your son's wed- 
ding is now an accomplished fact, I wish to clear my 
mind of a few tarradiddles I had the pleasure of 
narrating for your benefit at our last interview. In 
the first place, I am neither the mother nor any rela- 
tive of your new daughter-in-law; the similarity of 
our names was a mere accident. Mrs. Reginald 
Meredith, I believe, is the daughter of an old college 
friend of yours, the Rev. James Lorraine, who un- 
fortunately died penniless, leaving no resource for Miss 
Lorraine but to gain her living on the stage by means 
of an exceptionally fine voice. The story of your 
opposition to her engagement was a matter of general 
knowledge in the company iu which we were both 
taking part. In posing as her injured mother, I saw 
a way to gratify my own revenge for your youthful 
rfeaartion, and, at the tame time, a tn«ans of confer- 



ring happiness upon our popular prima donna. Hop- 
ing you will pardon my little trick, and with kiud 
regards to Cauou Browne, — Believe me to remain 
your old affectionate friend, Lottie. 

P. S. — I have omitted to state that all your letters 
were burned years ago when I married my present 
husband, who is, I am thankful to say, still alive. — 
Loudon Truth. 



THE FIREMAN S FUND. 

The past year was one of the most remarkable in 
the history of the Fireman's I-'und Insurance Com- 
pany, I do not say the most prosperous. At pre- 
vious annual meetings the Secretary has announced 
larger additions to the surplus; more thousands have 
been added to the assets. But 1891 was among the 
most disastrous periods in the history of underwrit- 
ing. In all the large cities of the East big fires have 
occurred. Ou the funds of the strongest companies 
huge drafts have been made. The loss ratios of some 
of the most conservatively handled corporations in 
America have gone up above 100 per cent. Con- 
sider that 63 concerns have retired from business 
since January 1, 1890, then realize what this Califor- 
nia corporation has done. To its assets $213,000 have 
been added, to its surplus $64,000. The re-insurauce 
reserve has; been advanced $80,000, and $120,000 the 
stockholders have received. It is true that the 
results of the previous year's business were an 
advance in surplus of $118,643; m assets of $198,672; 
in re-insurance reserve of $io8,S6o, but the figures 
for this year are far better^ in proportion. This ster- 
ling company now presents a statement that it is 
gradually becoming more difficult to excel. Its total 
assets are $2,844,389; it has a re-insurance reserve of 
$986,340, and a net surplus of $667,178. It must be 
remembered, too, that the most conservative valua- 
tion has been placed on the excellent securities in 
which the Fireman's Fund has its captal invested. Iu 
both fire and marine the Company does the largest 
business on the Coast. From fire premiums this 
year it has received $1,236,763 of which $530,000 
comes from the Pacific Coast — something like 
$100,000 ahead of any other company here. The 
total marine premiums were $262,707. 

It is sometimes customary to attribute underwrit- 
ing success to good luck, but I believe that is the 
least important factor in the prosperity of the Fire- 
man's Fund. The splendid additions to the surplus 
and assets are due to the hard thinking, the close 
attention, and the earnest work of four men in par- 
ticular — President D. J. Staples, Yice-President W. J. 
Dutton. Secretary Faymonville, and Marine Secretary 
Levison. There is not a stronger quartette than this 
in the country. The annul election this year was 
rendered further important by the election of Louis 
Weinmann, to the position of Assistant Secretary, 
and of Stephen D. Ives to be General Agent. Both 
are trained underwriters in whose hands the destinies 
and the traditions of the Fireman's Fund will be 
safe. 

► •■« 

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The dewdrop loved the rosebud and the rosebud loved 

the dew ; 

But the frost king hoary headed, came betweeu the 
lovers true. 

Oh, a million jewels brought he to entice the rosebud 
sweet, 

Ten hundred thousand diamonds and cast them at 
her feet. 

The dewdrop's tender opals paled before such kingly 

show ; 

The rosebud chose the diamonds, as rosebuds will, 
you know. 

And now I Oh, well, the sequel can be whispered in 
a breath — 

She had her hour of splendor and she paid for it with 
death. — Chicago Times. 



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of the American people, and of their press, is the 
right to criticise the acts and utterances of public 
men. The Central Californian will surrender no right 
guaranteed it by the constitutional law of the land." 



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THE WAVE. 



A LETTER ABOUT BOOKS. 



Dear Miss Matilda :— The latest figure 
in the literary world is the reporter novelist. 
He is more glaring than successful, more sen- 
sational than artistic. He is profound on 
editorial rooms and prejudiced about parlors. 
His characters are reminiscences of the police; 
his episodes are culled from the Courts ; his 
climaxes are crimes or their discovery. The 
latter, mainly. 

To claim the reporter novelist as a step for- 
ward in fiction, would be going a little far. 
He is too energetic, too sweeping. He is too 
contemptuous of details, save when describing 
achievements in newsgathering. He is most 
daring and least veracious in describing classes 
outside the range of his experience. His 
women are words, not entities. Alas that it 
should be necessary to say so, but the fact is 
the reportorial novel bears as much resem- 
blance to life as a cut in the Call does to the 
object it purports to represent. It is rough 
drawing — there are no shades — boiler-plate 
literature someone has phrased it. 

The tendency of modern journalism is alien 
to the production of novelists. However 
brilliant the background fur episodes that 
the hotel corridor and the Convention hall 
furnish, the coloring used is invariably garish. 
To describe closely, it is necessary to study 
words as a painter does colors. It is almost 
impossible to be graphic in good English at 
the speed of forty words a minute. The re- 
sult of hasty composition is a distortion of 
outlines, the elimination of shades, a fatal 
facility in the use of phrases. Sometimes the 
picturesque is obtained, but veracity is sacri- 
ficed. 

Here is "A Reporter's Romance," by a 
light of the Chicago Press Club, who calls 
himself "The Deacon." You care even less 
than I do for detecting criminals, and as little 
for bogus French noblemen with aquiline 
noses and flashing eyes. This one wears a 
unique ring with poisoned claws, and he is 
engaged to a St. L,ouis beauty, Miss Lebour- 
geois. She is in "Society," is wonderfully 
fascinating, and writes to Mr. Paul Terry, a 
reporter for the Orb, quite the most remark- 
able epistle I have ever read. Probably "The 
Deacon " thought it just the type of letter 
swell girls are in the habit of writing. How- 
ever, it is the merest episode in a second- 
rate commonplace tale. Of course, the Deus 
ex Machine is a newspaperman. He it is who 
exposes the French nobleman in two pages 
with cuts. Not an ordinary item chaser, be 
it remembered, but a superior being, who 
hunts down murderers and swindlers for the 
mere love of it, one of those uncommon chaps 
who is worshiped from afar by his brethren, 
and is endowed with the most marvelous 
qualities. His room is decorated in red, with 
black borders to everything. On the walls 
are trophies. The skeleton of a murderer is in 
one corner. The rope he was hanged with, 
festooned with crape forms a kind of dado. 
An inkstand on the table is fashioned from 
theiskull of his victim. On a cabinet were 
burglar's tools, portions of a faro layout. 
The idea of sleeping in such an apartment is 
enough to give one the shudders. 

Blood and thundery, you say. If you must 
have relief float out on the Atlantic in the 
Southern Cross, with " Mrs. Dines's Jewels" — 
Clark Russell's latest. A run down the chan- 
nel, with the white foam flashing at the bows, 
streaming after her in a broad and daz- 
zling race, the windy sunshine whiten- 
ing the stirless distended canvas into the 
gleaming softness of silk, the line of Coast 



to starboard dimming away into blue faint- 
ness, the freshening breeze will soon blow 
from your brain even the memory of such 
commonplace criminals. For the artistic sea 
pictures Mr. Russell gives up — they are the 
best in the language — one pardons his repeti- 
tions. Here is a bit. It is not possible to do 
much better: 

But the gale was abaft the beam, and the ship's 
flight before it was noble and inspiring; she 
raised foam to the catheads as she stooped her 
massive bows, and the roaring fabric of her^masts 
and rigging with their narrow bands of canvas 
full of thunder, swung with stately oscillations 
under a sky along which the scud was pouring 
like smoke, though it left the dance of stars 
brilliant enough to fling a delicate sheen upon the 
night. 

Through the book are dozens of the most 
admirably painted verbal .landscapes. Other- 
wise you will find the story exciting'enough, 
though you would not find it wise to be criti- 
cal as regards the probabilities. 

"The Baroness" is Dutch — that is, the scene 
is in Holland and the dramatis personcc are 
Heers and Fraus and Mynheers and Tantes, 
etc. There are Vans and Jans, until one 
imagines one actually must be in Dordt — the 
old town full of quaint narrow brick houses, 
with their steep gables, and their floriated 
arches half way down, with grotesquely 
carved heads as finials and string courses of 
dead white lightening the dark brick. The 
heroine is Quirine, a shadowy, capricious 
creature — whimsical, impulsive — a species of 
human butterfly, yet gifted with unique ten- 
derness and a passion for self-sacrifice. In 
life there are Quirines by the score, but of all 
types it is the most difficult to portray. The 
charm is so elusive; the moods so variable — 
the lightness, the daintiness, the refined deli- 
cacy are crushed out in the cruel medium 
of words. Miss Peard's work is emi- 
nently careful, painstaking, elaborate. Her 
characters have not a great deal of vitality, 
but there is good technic in their rendering 
I should be inclined to call it a very worthy 
book — not one I should read from choice, but 
evincing earnestness and perseverance far 
more than ability. Written about Holland, 
one can hardly complain if the plot is as flat 
as]the country. Hugo is well done, and one can 
imagine Helvardine was exceedingly pretty in 
her way, but over a novel whose two climaxes 
are scarlet fever and insensibility, I ^cannot 
couceutrate my attention. 

" The Garston Bigamy," is the latest out- 
put of the author of " Thou Shalt Not." It 
is not much of a book — if it were not intended 
to be sensational I should pronounce it tire- 
some. It is all about two lovely maidens and 
a youth named Gerald. They all grow in 
beauty side by side in an Iowa village and 
actually become so fond of one another that 
the youth cannot decide, when it comes to a 
question of matrimony, which he loves better. 
This interesting problem he solves by marry- 
ing both. As one might expect there is a 
certain amount of illicit love making witli one 
of the maidens — Alma — she a damsel of mag- 
nificent physique — though she weighs but 120 
pounds. There is a scene on a lake, she, in 
a boat rowing, " wearing a dress with sleeves 
of open work, through which the pink flesh 
showed distinctly, as the roundness of the 
arms stood out in relief. The neck was cut 
low, and the beauty of the throat was appar- 
ent." As might be anticipated, wrongs are 
righted in the last chapter. The difficulties 
are smoothed out by the discovery of a mar- 
riage certificate, and Alma and Gerald finally 
wed. This novel is neither bad enough nor 
good enough to be worth reading. It is dis- 
tinctly commonplace, and emphatically second- 



rate. The style is one of comparative 
smoothness, but there is no elegance, no 
delicacy. Oraclk, K. B. 

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The time demands that a new definition 
should be found for greatness. In my opinion 
to be called great one must refrain from doing 
that that would result in comparison with 
another. Yes; it approaches originality, but 
it is not exactly that, as sometimes the imi- 
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It is merely enjoying a monopoly; doing some- 
thing that nobody else cares to undertake 
Mr. Arthur Forrest happens at the Bush 
Street Theatre this week, playing in " Captain 
Swift." Had I seen Mr. Forrest's charac- 
terization of the part before Mr. Barrymore's 
I should have said Mr. Forrest was a clever 
actor, a creator to some extent. I regret to 
say that where Barrymore filled the part this 
new " Captain Swift " rattles in it like the 
kernel in a peanut. Artistically, Mr. Forrest 
is not big enough; physically he does not fill 
the requirements of the part as I have seen it 
played by his predecessor. But he gives 
a fairly good presentation, one that shines 
worthily forth beside the work of his sad 
company. 

Mr. Forrest's version of "Captain Swift " 
differs from that played at the Baldwin some 
lime ago. The part acted so acceptably by 
Mr. Stoddard on that occasion, " Marshal," 
was, of course, that of a man of advanced 
years. In Mr. Forrest's version, "Marshal" 
is a young man, and the*change is certainly a 
good one. " Captain Swift " uses "Marshal" 
in an exceedingly rough and boisterous way, 
and the sight was not pleasant to the specta- 
I tors. Another change is not to the advant- 
age of the play, however; Mr. Forrest uses 
his lines with a slangy freedom that is not 
suited to the taste ot people who go to see 
such productions as this. 

The company is very bad; and for Mr. 
Forrest I am sincerely sorry. In the case of 
one or two of the mumnn rs the work is fair; 
but as a whole there is nothing to commend. 
The stage looks much like a " misfit parlor," 
where the people do not suit their clothes any 
better than they do their parts; incompetency 
runs riot, and the gentle mummer quarrels 
audibly with his lines. All these things 
assist in making Mr. Forrest's efforts to please 
futile, and his work appears crude and unsatis- 
factory. I believe if the actor had a capable 
company, would curb his desire to indulge in 
eccentricities, and refrain from slang, that his 
characterization of " Captain Swift" would 
rank as an excellent bit of dramatic work. 

This play will be followed on Monday by a 
roaring farce, "Sport McAllister," in which 
Bobby Gaylor takes the leading role. There 
are some clever people in the company, and 
the engagement should be a successful 
one. 

That charming comedian, Tim Murphy, 
has been the means of drawing crowds this 
week to the California, where he appears as 
Maverick Brander in Hoyt's play, " A Texas 
Steer." The characters are as capably 
handled now as they were in the past, and the 
production is as enjoyable as ever. "A 
Texas Steer " will be continued for another 
week. 

" Mr. Wilkinson's Widows" have been a 
paying attraction at the Baldwin, and will 
continue for another week. I have rarely 
seen as many theatre parties as have gathered 



at this popular place of amusement in the past 
two weeks. Following the comedy comes 
Miss Gale, supported by an excelleir. com- 
pany, with Shakespearean and other dramas. 
Miss Gale was leading lady for Barrett, and 1 iter 
for Booth and Barrett, and was well received. 
As this] is her first appearance here as a star, 
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FRESNO HAPPENINGS. 



Fresno, Jan. 19. Dkak Wave:— 'Tis the happen- 
ings of the unexpected that occasionally render life 
more bearable. When I sent uiy last effusion to you, 
I was deep in that despondent slough from which all 
things look dismal. Our social horizon gave promise 
of little that seemed inviting, and I positively feared 
for our social reputation, when "Halloa, is this 
Imp? " came wafted to me o'er the telephone, and a 
sweet, feminine voice therewith requested the pleas- 
ure of my society at a bowling party, Saturday 
evening, at Mr. Herman Egger's vineyard. You can 
better imagine than I can describe my feelings — I 
accepted with the deepest thanks and assurance of a 
good time, and as Herman would say, "You can 
wager your saccharine existence I was not dis- 
appointed." Between fifty and sixty invitations 
were issued to the young married element and a 
dozen to a favored few in the single. All were 
responded to in person, and such a lovely time as we did 
have. The orchestra was stationed in an alcove off the 
hall, ami the rooms opening off the latter were 
arranged for dancing. The library was given up to 
cards, while the lovely bowling alley held the merry 
bowlers. Of course, I won in bowling, so I enjoyed 
that game hugely, but the dancing and supper — ah! 
words fail me (so did my breath at that time). Talk 
about the giddy young men, well, the married ones 
could give them four aces or a royal flush, and even 
then defeat them. Only one in the married set 
behaved as his better half wculd have had him, and 
he was a Benedict. The speeches at the supper table 
were worthy of Depew ( ? ), especially Rell 'ferry's. 
Why, out of a dozen speakers, not one responded to 
the toast " 'I he Ladies." Their sole topic and thought 
was General Muller's staff and thrashing the day- 
lights out of Chile. 

If President Harrison declares war in the present 
trouble, General Muller's staff officers are willingly 
prepared to obliterate Chile from the face of the 
earth. This talk of the necessity of an army or 
navy is entirely superfluous, I assure you. The 
deficiency is ably filled in these brave soldier boys. 
Well, I originally intended devoting this space to the 
part)*, supper, etc., but I wandered from my subject 
in my amazement at the bravery so recently dis- 
played. The supper tables held all the dainties of 
the season, and many elegant dishes prepared to 
tickle the palate of the most fastidious epicure, 
while champagne, Sauterue, punches, etc., added 
brightness to bright ey r es and wit to the speaker's 
tongue. It was, without any exception, the jolliest 
and most successful party given here this season, and 
only adds another obligation to the many our 400 are 
under to this most charming of our fair matrons and 
jovial of hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Eggers. 

We are enjoying a feast of good plays at our 
theatre now — Captain Swift last week, Maude Granger 
Friday and Saturday of this week, Carleton Opera 
Company, two evenings uext week. I hear Society- 
will make the last four evenings very dressy affairs, 
and several theatre parties are being formed for the 
opera. I hope so, as nothing adds to Imp's good- 
nature as a well-filled house and nicely-dressed 
audience, in the pretty Barton. 

On the twenty-ninth the '8g-'qo Club give another 
dance, and the Ctub are talking of giving a real swell 
ball in February. Now, if I might be permitted a 
suggestion, I think a fancy dress ball {no masks in 
Heaven's name) would be an out-and-out success, 
and meet with the smiling approval of our -100. 

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Press 
Club men, the committee on the drive have iifvited 
me to participate, so I'll be at the irain to welcome 
the visitors on their arrival. 

By the way, another club has been added to the 
long list since my last — this is the "Cotton Club" 
and composed of our Southern element. It's to be 
very exclusive, very swell, etc.. sort of a stand-off to 
the New England Club, recently organized here. 
As I'm a Southerner by parentage, I'm to be invited 
to participate in their merry-making, but not as a 
member of the club. Seems to me our Society is too 
cosmopolitan fcr clubs of this kind to thrive. Yours, 

Imp. 



AN UNLUCKY COINCIDENCE. 

We once were rivals, and 'twere hard to guess 
Who held the highest place within her heart ; 

She gave us equal favors, more or less, 
And held us both with her coquettish art. 

At last, grown weary of such vexing sport, 
I staked my all to win or lose the game ; 

It was her birthday, and my rival sought 
By similar advice to do the same. 

He won. 'Twas by a trifle and I blame 
The unkind fatc'that got me in that fix ; 

A bunch of twenty roses bore his name — 

Unwittingly I sent her twenty-six ! — Gay Leslie. 





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SAN JOSE NEWS. 

San Josk, Jan. 20. Ukar Wave: — The stagnation 
in Society circles is alarming. Everybody must have 
overdrawn his bank account last season, for only a 
dearth of money could account for the lack of enter- 
tainment. Two little dancing parties are all I can 
chronicle, these on a very small scale. The hop at 
the Vendome was the only function worth noticing. 
These affairs begin to be enjoyable as the standoff 
and look-on element is being eliminated. This time 
there was real enjoyment. Pretty girls were 
numerous; recent brides added the gorgeousnesss of 
their attire, and three or four Society men were there 
and actually danced. 

Some very pretty gowns were aired, conspicuously 

those of Fannie () and Maud I, . Helle E 

is not a dressy girl, too bad; for she is just the style 
to carry off handsome dress with ease, but then she 
is a Co-ed and probably they never indulge in vanities. 
Mrs. Fred Pott was there, beaming as though her 
name was the most illustrious in the laud. Enircnous, 

rumor has it that her sister, I<ena L , is about to 

follow her example and endow one of your citizens 
with her "worldly goods." The Friauts were all 
there; Effie looked just as she used too, not even 
matrimony can convert her into a beauty, but she is a 
dear little soul. Stella B — y — g — e is a recent addi- 
tion — very agreeable but not graceful. The girls all 
like her and declare she was not spoiled by her 
foreign tour. 

Howell was present, but he looked pensive. "He 
thinks too much," studies, too, they say, and is pre- 
paring for a foreign tour by studying la belle langue. 
Why ? Ask him. I am not an oracle. 

Those blessed little children, the Ramonas, had 
another frolic last Friday. This one, under the 
auspices of the Lewis Dancing School. That was a 
good move, for not one of them can escape the Argus 
eyes of Miss Helen, and the last little man of them 
stands in wholesome awe of her. You ought to have 
been here Sunday. The Vendome was thronged. I 
don't believe there ever was such a showing of brains 
there before. Manager Saell had ordered everything 
for the comfort and pleasure of his guests, and the 
beautiful hotel looked like fairy land. When the 
baggage of the "press gang" was deposited, a lad)' 
remarked that it looked as if the hotel had the grip. 
It did, anil so did all who came receive the erip of 
good fellowship. Such a rush and bustle; such happy 
hits; such gracelul badinage, such camaraderie is not 
often seen here. Fveryone was on the alert to see 
Mrs. Leslie and Mr. Wilde. What a handsome fellow 

he is to be sure. Charley S , the prince of good 

fellows, captured them and bore them off triumph- 
antly with his usual aplomb. He deserved the 
reward, but where was John McN ? It was down- 
right mean of him to be absent. 

"Clarence has come." not that false, fleeting, per- 
jured Clarence, but our own Clarence. He is filled 
with a southern sunshine and you may expect some of 
it to drop in melodious lines from his pen. 

I went over Friday night to see how the new club 
progressed. H has spread faster than the influenza 
did. Their enthusiasm is boiling over. Such a lot 
of learned women as this town will hold. 

Miss Phi. A has gone back to school. There'll 

be "music in the air." Mrs. E. McL was there, 

though I can't imagine what for. I thought she 
knew enough, and have heard people hint that she 
knew too much. 

It will be fine fun if she joins the " quiz class." 

I told you Miss W was Secretary, but she isn't. 

She declined and Mrs. Hazletou was elected. 

She bears all her honors meekly, so I no longer 
envy her her rich husband, for she is just the same 
whole-souled woman she was as Mary Titus, when she 
made the life of every Normal School girl a burden. 

We are about to have another sensation, but as I do 
not like to be the first to promulgate a rumor, I will 
await developments. The only surprising thing about 
it is that it has been so long delayed, for the family 
is noted for its indiscretions. More auon. 

Babbler. 

» 4fc * 

EXCHANGE THOUGHTS. 

Mr. Shortridge, of the San Jose Mercury, can throw 
no light on this subject: " Owing to a dispute as to 
how corsets should be classified for the purpose of 
collecting duty on them at the Custom House, Judge 
Wheeler of the United States Court has just been 
called upon to decide whether they are wearing 
apparel or only appliances for holding the apparel in 
place." 



missions in the army or navy. The law has been 
forgotten by the people, and if it was now under 
consideration would hardly find a single advocate." 



The San Jose Herald says : " Mr. Cleveland is the 
candidate of the anti-politicians, so to speak. He 
represents ideas, sentiments, aspirations, not organ- 
ized purpose." 



The Oakland Times makes these pertinent remarks 
" Pacific Coast journalism, which for dash, spirit 
originality, cleverness and enterprise has no superior 
lacks one completing feature. It seems strange tha 
San Francisco has no illustrated satirical journal 
Smut, dreary puns, dull anecdotes and colored daub 
made by a sign painting villain, do not make a couii 
paper, and they cauuot be palmed off on the C.ilifor 
nia public for humorous art. We have no comic art 
110 distinctive satirical journal which shoots folly as it 
flies." 



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the guests "Maud" and " Locksley Hall;" 
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heading over a marriage notice. The groom's name 
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Rosalie — I wonder why the young men of to-da>' 
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Grace — Goodness nie. They haven't time, my 
dear. — New York Truth. 



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McPhinty (at box office, Bijou Theatre)— I want 
to see the City Director}'. 

Box Office Man— Dollar and a half please. 

McPhinty — Dollar and a half, is it? Sure, I can 
see it for nothing at the drug store. [Exit.] — Nnu 
York Truth. 



Is it right to employ men to attend the female 
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The Los Angeles Herald says: "A New York paper 
truthfully and amiably remarks that if Mr. Egan did 
succeed in producing war with Chile, among the 
very first to come to the assistance of their country 
would be the ex-Confederates, which calls to mind the 
fact that there is an Act of Congress prohibiting all 
■who come under that designation from holding com- 



NOTES. 

The preparations being made for the recep- 
tion by California Conimandery, No. 1, K. T ., 
011 next Thursday at Odd Fellows' Hall, 
promises to make this affair more enjoyable, 
if possible, than the last. The Conimandery 
has now a drill corps, which will give an ex- 
hibition, besides presenting an excellent liter- 
ary and musical programme. 

" The 92's," a Leap Year Club composed 
of sixty young ladies, gave a very enjoyable 
part}- at Lunt's Hall on Tuesday eveuing. 
The grand march was led by Miss May Burn- 
ham and W. W< Healey, and the committee 
assisting in the floor management was com- 
posed of the Misses Crauna, Athearn, Gibson, 
.Sutton, Stevens, Barclay, Shepherd, and 
Hopkins. 

I am informed when Mrs. Frank Leslie 
( Wilde) and Miss Kate Field were interviewed 
by the Chronicle reporter it was found impos- 
sible to print their remarks, as there were not 
sufficient capital I's in the cases to give the 
ladies a fair show. 

Something new in social functions is the 
" poetry party," which has sprung into favor 
with the literary bohemians of the city within 
the past few weeks. Roger Magee gave one at 
his charming country house in Mill Valley 
last Saturday, and gathered about him some 
of the bright wits and keen minds of the 
literary set. Dan O'Connell was master of 



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MUSIC. 



SATURDAY POrCLAK CONCERT. 



Opening the third season of the Saturday 
afternoon concerts with a programme from 
Beethoven was a happy plan, and the Sonata 
for piano and violin Op- 12, No. /, Thirty Varia- 
tions in C Minor, trio for violin, viola and 'cello, 
interspersed with "Neu-e L,iebe, Neues Leben " 
and two of the Scotch songs made enough 
contrast. None of the works given claim a 
first place in the Beethoven repertoire of 
chamber music; with the exception of the 
trio, the instrumental numbers were among 
the best-know:: pieces. Of the Scotch songs 
with violin and 'cello obligato nothing has been 
heard here. " Again My Lyre " bears tender 
and touching phases of emotion too general 
to be purely Scotch. Both numbers had the 
living sentiment heard in lasting works only, 
the union of aesthetic ruled and growing from 
science. Songs of many moderns are make- 
believes of beauty and truth, false and over- 
lavish in taste and intent. Numbers of Ger- 
man, as well as French songs, of course, were 
evidently conceived for the purpose of giving 
vent to gibbering in gusts of tangled feeling 
regarded as the pitch of realism. Pure 
classics bring a return to reason at least, and 
after the creeuing of the emotions caused by 
so much of the turning, yearning outbursts, 
our vocal programmes have pained by a 
return to the old ma'sters is more than a sav- 
ing grace. Haydn, Mozart and Handel alone 
have left songs enough to enlist all the artistic 
capacities of any of our singers should they 
deign to favor them, and the result would 
surely be more cheering than the strenuous 
acrobatic pranks with the emotions modern 
lyric writers demand. 

The performance of Beethoven's Thirty-two 
Variations in C Minor, among other remind- 
ers, brought a memory of Pachmann, the last 
to play them here, and the criticisms incuba- 
ted upon him by an over-esteemed daily. 
Branded and bastinadoed as a Chopinist, the 
Odessan pianist told already " his touch was 
cat-like," poor artist, had ignominy massed 
over him in the admonition that he must 
remain forever a rather trifling player of 
Chopin, as Beethoven didn't "fit" him. 
This, after extravagant gurgles of ecstasy over 
the coarse philanderings of Miss Aus der Ohe 
with immortal works, made the pianist's query 
whether ossification of the brain was peculiar 
to San Francisco scarcely astonishing. Hold- 
ing the memory of the last performance of the 
variations, Mrs. Carr did better than her best 
in omitting to disturb it. The Sonata in D 
Major was an unexpected performance. For 
the technical resources of both players 
there should have been no burden laid 
up, as the score is comparatively sim- 
ple. Purity of articulation, as well as 
respect'for the tempi, is not unheard of in 
performances of the classics at least. Passage 
playing a la rubato c lus'uigando does not 
chime in with the dignity of Beethoven of the 
period of dedicating to Salieri, nor is the 
addition of ornaments recommended by the 
respectful. Without advocating stolid per- 
formances it is permissible to suggest that a 
flighty technical display makes very much 
worse than no impression in Beethoven. An 
Adagio con espressione from the trio was given 
in fairer taste and made a clear impression, 
Messrs. Siering and Heine joining Mr. Beel 



in the performance. Firm in outline, and 
more statuesque than the usual Beethoven, 
the trio has the interest and beauty which go 
with the name of the master. 

Mrs. Brechemin sang again with the con- 
fidence which is reassuring to an audience. 
Faults noticed at her first appearance, grown 
accentuated, detracted from some of her work. 
Flatly placed tones and some difficult breath- 
ing were to be regretted. Still, we have few 
singers whose work is, in certain limits, more 
reliable than this lady's. At the next After- 
ternoon Mr. Beel plays the Sonata, Op. 12, 
No. 2, of Beethoven, and also a duo for vio- 
lins by Alard with Mr. Landsberger. Mr. 
Heine will play with Mis. Carr a piano and 
'cello Sonata of Mendelssohn's. 



I desire to recommend Jud",c Kinjj for any position 
he may aspire to. The .S".//« [o<ean says: "Genial 
and ever popular Justice Joe King, it is said, can dis- 
count the average preacher in COndttOting a marriage 
ceremony. So artistic has he hecome at the work 
that he is liable to become the fashionable ' mar- 
ryer ' and injure the lucrative perquisites of many 
of our pastors." 



The Alameda News says: "A journalist once wisely 
remarked that it is not what goes in a paper that 
makes this world run smooth but what is kept out. 
Where would some of our ' nice ' yonng men be if 
the local papers told everything they did?" 



It is to be feared that many New Year resolutions 
have the rolling R. — 'The Inter Ocean. 



You will be happy if you believe in the honesty of 
all men — but you will never be rich. — Oakland Times. 



One touch of grip makes the whole world snee/.e- 

— Oakl ind Times. 



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The continued ill health of Dr. Hicks compels 
him, reluctantly, to permanently retire from the 
business of breeding standard l>rcd horses. He has 
leased his stallions to persons in Indiana, and through 
I he medium of the auction block proposes to dispose 
of his brood man s and young horses. His splendid 
array of brood mares, with their produce, collected 
and bred with such care and excellent judgment, will 
be pi teed unreservedly in the hands of the public, he 
feeling confident their merit will be recognized and 
fair prices obtained. His stock runs largely to the 
great speed lines of the country, and judicious cross- 
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may he had upon application to the undersigned, 
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I CURE FITS! 

When I say cure I do uot moan mcrrly to stop Ihero 
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warrant my remedy to rot ho worst ca^cs. Because 
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OAKLAND HAPPENINGS. 



Dear WAVE: — Life is still a dismal failure — la 
grippe has me in an iron embrace and deprives me of 
what little enjoyment there is in this " Land of Tomb- 
stones." The third cotillion occurred last Friday 
evening and was a dream of delight — so perfectly 
was it led by your swell cotillion leader, Mr. E. M. 
Green way. Tom says that the efforts of Athearn and 
George in that line were mere baby attempts when 
compared with those of Mr. Greenway, who is an 
adept ; but isn't it a good joke that we were com- 
pelled to go to San Francisco for a leader? With the 
exception of Harry Houghton, who has served his 
term, there was no one, in our swell organization, 
capable of doing the honors gracefully. Of course 
you have heard of the little difficulty the boys had 
about the affair. How I do regret my inability to at- 
tend. You remember, dear, Mr. Greenway was my 
escort atone of last year's cotillions, and a gallant 
one he made. As usual, Claire Ralston, Amy 
McKee, Nellie Chabot, Alice Grimes, and Bessie 
Wheaton monopolized our few eligibles, for which 
they ate not to blame, as it is always a pretty woman's 
privilege to accept all the attention that is bestowed 
upon her. Their gowns? Tom says that Alice was as 
beautiful as a sea-nymph in emerald-green (wonder 
if it is the same she wore last year ?) while Amy was 
arrayed in pink India silk, and Bessie was gowned 
in white moire under mousseline de soi, which Tom was 
awkwaril enough to tear. It is needless to state that 
the girls were in ecstasies at the presence of so many 
extra gentlemen, which is something almost unheal d 
of in this place. Wonder how the boys enjoyed the 
role of wall-flower ? Among those present were Hat- 
tie Hall, who received more than her share of atten- 
tion, May Tubbs, Btbel Moore, the Hntchinsons, 
Millers, McKees, Fannie Orr, and her fiancee, Cleve- 
land Forbes, the Bordens, Hamiltons, Magees, Heights 
and, of course Gus McDonald, Lester Herrick, and 
Ed. Vinzent. No social gathering is a success 
without them. Tom says that he never met two 
sisters so totally unlike as Klla and Bessie. One so 
animated and careless — the other so stately aud in- 
different. Wonder if he really knows how absolutely 
unlike they are ? I wouldn'Ubr worlds, tell him that 
the former nes-er arises before noon, while the latter 
is up and breakfasts with her father. Nor would I 
say that Klla is a coquette, while Bessie is true to 
herself and others. (I don't wonder that young 
Loring is spooney in that direction.) Is it not strange 
that the former style is usually preferred by most men 
— they enjoy a light, frivolous woman who takes the 
world as it comes. Our most aristocratic church, the 
St. Paul, has a perfect hornets' nest within its sacred 
portals, and all on account of a charming lady who 
has acted as organist for a long time and a San Fran- 
cisco Dutchman (who once served beer in a cafe) who 
has secured her position. The D. Henshaw- Wards, 
and their coterie favor Gail Jackson, while the 
Penuoyers and their followers are with the Dutchman. 
The alfair promises to be an interesting morsel for the 
gossip mongers, as the committee have succeeded in 
inveigling their pastor, l»r. Ritchie, in the church 
fight. If the poor fellow were wise he would let 
them settle it themselves— the first he knows he will 
meet the fate that Dr. Chetwood did. Wouldn't care 
to risk my chips on either party, as the D. Henshaw- 
Wards usually carry the day, while Mrs. Pennoyer is 
remarkable for her persuasive powers . Tom says that 
he remembers what a sensation she aud her sister 
Mollie created when they first came to Oakland. 
The} - were bright, accomplished, aud intriguing. 
They confided to him that they liked this Coast and 
had come to stay, so it was not a surprise to him when 
he heard a few months later that they had captured 
young Pennoyer, cousin of the millionaire Adams, and 
Will Cook, who was the junior of Mollie by several 
years. 

Oh, dear Wave, when you want to seek solace, in 
the cup of inebriation, be sure and come to this side. 
We have a new place called " The*}oo," and it is only 
intended for swells. The proprietor is said to be 
the son of our Silurian banker, who is backing this 
gilded den of vice so that he can have a private 
place where he can indulge in a social cup and the 
world be none the wiser. We have too many of those 
places, audit would be far better for the boys had he 
put his son in something not so profitable, but pos- 
sibly more aristocratic. The scandal is still brewing 
aud will reach its fullest development in a few weeks. 

What mean these little meetings of a certain young 
aud pleasant attorney aud an old man'sdarling ? This 
is oitly a hint, dear, but if they continue you shall 
have the names ere long. 

Mrs. Dargie and her little son are in Sauta Barbara, 
and Peter Bowles is in England visiting his brother- 
in-law John McNear. The C. O. G. Millers, Mae and 
Claire Tucker, with their mother, will depart in a 
short time for Europe, aud if sufficiently urged one of 
the party will be Frou-Frou. 



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COMFORTABLE 

DENTISTRY 

There is such an urgent demand for less painful 
dentistry than the commercial methods generally in 
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This important and pleasant branch of dentistry has 
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it is not exaggeration to say that the most sensitive oj 
teeth can be treat el iff that they will bear the most thorough 
excavation permanent repair without pain. 

It need not be supposed for a moment that such 
careful handling as is required to treat, excavate, and. 
fill over sensitive teeth painlessly is inconsistent with 
the most thorough and permanent work. On the 
contrary it conduces to it. 

Although we have been in San Francisco but a 
short while, we already have many statements from 
grateful people to whom our painless treatment has 
bien a revelation. 

Many people who have been tortured in dentists' 
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of the gravity of the statement, we assure such that 
we can repair and fill their most sensitive teeth 
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this statement to the test within the last few days are: 
Mrs. E. Cole, 1618^ Devisadero St., Mrs J. A. Dupre 
M. D., 21 Powell St., and Mrs. E. N. Williams, 118^ 
Ellis St. They are all strangers to us but will confirm 
to enquiring persons all that has been said here. 

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"THE WAVE'S" PORTRAIT ALBUM. 

The Chamber of Commerce is a mercantile institu- 
tion, which has heretofore been presided over by men 
representing the omnipotence of jawbone rather 
than of brain power. Ex-Mayor Pond and General 
Diruond, are not distinguished for eloquence, though 
at a pinch both can make bad speeches. They are 
men of action rather than of words. Both have suc- 
ceeded in life, if not always in politics, and their 
election suggests a possibility that in future the 
Chamber of Commerce will do more and resolve less. 
Indeed, if the infinitely prolix resolutions, emblazoned 
on the archives of this most verbose of organizations, 
were used for paving purpose in a certain warm 
quarter, it is safe to believe the road there would be 
blockaded past relief. 



SPLASHES. 

The loveliest story of the month tells of 
the savage encounter between scions of Rose 
Leafdom at Sausalito last Saturday night. At 
the Borehemian Club, the Chilean embroglto 
has aroused but slender interest in compari- 
son with it, and in Clearing House circles 
little but the prowess of Mr. Murray has been 
discussed. It seems to me that the marine 
feature of the episode was the most exciting. 
There is something almost grotesque about 
the spectacle of Alec Hamilton struggling in 
the embraces of old ocean and The O'Connell 
valiantly diving after him. Right here I must 
say that the movement to have him awarded 
the medal of the Humane Society will not 
have my support. Here is the story, how- 
ever : 

* * * 

Cary Friedlander and Alec Hamilton have 
an establishment at Sausalito. It is a com- 
fortable cottage fitted up with some preten- 
sions to elegance, and on Saturday afternoons 



San Francisco, January 30, 1892. 

they hie themselves over the bay and spend 
the Sabbath blissfully fanned by the enchant- 
ing sea breezes of the region. To them, last 
week, came a delegation of choice spirits 
headed by The O'Conuell. They were en route 
to the haunted home of Roger Magce in 
Mill Valley and had tarried for refreshment 
on the way. Made welcome according to the 
choicest of Rose Leaf traditions they lingered, 
and finally The O'Conuell was seduced into 
compounding, in his inimitable way, a Welsh 
rarebit. " What mighty contests rise from 
trivial things." It appears that Mr. Murray, 
who is in the banking line, has a friend whose 
efforts in this line are impeccable. When it 
was claimed for The O'Connell that his rare- 
bits were the best in town, Mr. Murray took 
issue. 

More emphatically than elegantly he denied 
the proposition, and somewhat arrogantly 
championed his friend's cause. Now there 
are a few things that will deepen the flush on 
a Rose Leaf cheek. O.ie is to doubt the perfec- 
tion of The O'Connell Welsh rarebit. It is 
the first clause in the constitution of the 
organization. The rage and fury that 
possessed the hearts of Murray's auditors was 
fervently expressed by Cary Friedlander, 
whereupon the banker suggested that pugil- 
ism offered the only rational method of decid- 
ing such mooted points. Boldly he challenged 
The O'Connell. He might with more safety 
have offered battle to Peter Jackson, under the 
circumstances. However, it was suggested 
that chivalry forbade a man to champion his 
own creations, and Alec Hamilton begged the 
privilege of defending the honor of Rose Leaf- 
dom. It was granted him. The party ad- 
journed to a smooth plat near the edge of the 
water and after the inevitable preliminaries, 
proceedings commenced. 

• # if if 

Hamilton, bent on wiping out the stain on 
the rarebit escutcheon, set a stiff pace, but 
Murray, evincing a deeper knowledge of the 
manly art than he was suspected of, met his 
advances. There was a rapid interchange of 
blows. Then Hamilton made a rush. His 
antagonist dodged. The impetus carried him 
to the edge of the wharf. A quick blow 
from Murray as he passed sent him into the 
water. Into the chill embraces of the Pacific 
he fell — thermometer in the late thirties. 
Horrors! 

* * * 

The O'Connell sprang to his rescue. Mur- 
ray dived after him. Between them they 
rescued the gallant young Rose Leaf, and lifted 
him tenderly to terra firma. That night the 
party spent in the Frenchman's. Over the 
fir* the wet one* huddled, When dawn 



10 Cents 



flushed the Kastern sky, the march to the 
haunted house was resumed. About the nar- 
rative, as the skilled raconteurs of the Club 
tell it, there is a subtle charm, a weird sug- 
gestion that is absent from this mere recital of 
facts. There is the episode, however, 
iti ♦ ♦ 

Whoever is inclined to credit those " in 
the swim " with undue intelligence will doubt- 
less receive with incredulity my explanation of 
the slender attendance at the last " Friday 
Night." The fact is, an impression got into 
the "upper suckle's " mind that it was un- 
fashionable to attend a Fourth Cotillion. 
The result — the absence of several score of 
people who, under ordinary circumstances, 
would no more miss ,a german than they 
would dinner. What basis there is in reason 
or etiquette for so amazing an assumption, I 
cannot conceive. It is probable some un- 
governable idiot with social aspirations for 
New York, expressed emphatically a senti- 
ment of this character, which, obtaining gen- 
eral circulation, was deemed worthy of notice 
by people who know no better. However, it 
cannot be said the cotillion was any less of a 
success. The figures were cleverly formed 
under the dexterous leadership of Mr. Green- 
way. His partner, Miss Jennie Blair, wore 
a handsome toilette, and looked very well. It 
is a curious reflection on the average San 
Francisco Society man that at least three of 
the prettiest girls in town were present with- 
out partners. Not that it can be held they 
suffered any material loss, however. 

* * * 

Among the maidens who have been at the 
last two cotillions, none have appeared to bet- 
ter advantage than Miss Ames and Miss Hoff- 
man. Miss Ames is a very tall, striking-look- 
ing girl, a blonde, with a stately, magnificent 
figure and fine eyes. At the bal poudre she 
wore black, and at the last one was in a 
charming white gown. Miss Hoffman has 
been in retirement for many months past 
owing to the death of her uncle. .She has 
certainly improved. Her beauty is also of 
the statuesque type, and she exhibits in her 
gowns a great deal of taste. 

-* * * 

The young married set was decidedly in 
evidence, and, for the first time this season, 
went in energetically for dancing. Consider- 
ing how many young couples there are in the 
club it is curious they do not take a more 
prominent part in social affairs. This season 
not one of the recent matrimonial graduates 
has done aught in the way of entertaining. 
Rather an interesting innovation would be 
the formation of some organization by this set. 
It includes some of the brightest men and the 
prettiest girls, and its parties would nndoubt* 



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edly be enjoyable. One of the handsomest 
costumes in the ballroom on Friday night was 
worn by Mrs. Gus Spreckles. Mrs. Will 
Crocker wore a strikingly handsome costume. 
Mrs. Fred Wooster and Mrs. Bosqui appeared 
to decided advantage. The next cotillion 
takes place on the evening of February 12th. 

* * * 

Society has been absolutely active this week. 
In a small way, however. Save Mrs. Grant's 
lunch party there has been no entertainment 
of any magnitude, but a succession of small 
dinner and theatre parties, small receptions 
and teas. With them all, however, those " in 
the swim ' have had but little rest. For the 
coming week the list of entertainments is a 
long one. Festivities incident to the wedding 
of Mr. Li Montague and Miss Catherwood are 
among the leading events. On Sunday even- 
ing there is to be a reception at Mrs. Cather- 
wood' s residence, and on Monday night Mr. 
La Moutagne gives a dinner to twenty-two 
people at the Palace Hotel. On Tuesday Mr. 
Shortridge gives the visitors a Spanish dinner, 

* -jf * 

On Wednesday Mrs John S. Hager gives a 
dinner to eighteen people, and on the same 
night Mr. James D. Pheian entertains at din- 
ner a number of girls and men at the Bohe- 
mian Club. Mrs. Will Crocker will chaperon 
the party. On Thursday is the Catherwood- 
La Montague marriage, which will be cele- 
brated at the Cathedral by Archbishop Rior- 
dan, to be followed by a wedding breakfast at 
the bride's residence and a large reception in 
the afternoon. I believe there are several 
other events to be announced for Friday and 
Saturday. It must be admitted that this is a 
distinct improvement on the record of the past 
few weeks. 

* * * 

Mrs. Grant's lunch was a great success. 
It was certainly the largest ever given here. 
The list of invitations included almost all the 
matrimonially available maidens in Society. 
I believe there were eighty girls present. 
The dining-room not being large enough to 
accommodate so many belles, the group of 
parlors adjoining were utilized. At small 
tables that accommodated six, the damsels 
were disposed. In the centre of each table 
was a large bouquet of fragrant roses. 
Throughout the rooms were vases of flowers, 
though there was no elaborate attempt at floral 
decorations. In fact, the presence of so many 
pretty girls put adornment of an inanimate 
kind at a discount. He would be an inex- 
orable bachelor, or a widower, indeed, who 
could gaze unmoved at such a iont ensemble. 
I am informed that with the exception of the 
waiters and the musicians, no masculine eye 
witnessed the gathering. During the after- 
noon there was vocal and instrumental music 
Brandt's orchestra rendered concert selections. 
Mrs. Breachman sang several songs, and Mrs. 
Vernon of the Presidio, charmed all her 
hearers by her beautiful voice and admirable 
method. 

On Sunday afternoon last Miss Hager gave 



a farewell tea for Miss Emma Childs who. left > 
for Los Angeles on Wednesday morning. It 
was a very agreeable affair. Mr. O'Sullivan, 
who was in good voice, saug several solos and 
also assisted Shafter Howard to interpret 
" Fair Monterey," the pretty duet which the 
latter composed last summer. Miss Hager 
rendered a pretty ballad admirably. On 
Wednesday afternoon Miss McMullin gave a 
small tea to a number of her girl friends, and 
Mrs. Tom Bishop gave a large tea. 

* * * 

The engagement of Miss Bessie Hooker and 
George H. Lent was announced at Mrs. 
Adam Grant's lunch on Tuesday last. Miss 
Hooper, who is very pretty and one of the 
most popular girls " in the swim," is the 
daughter of S. G. Hooker, the well-known 
capitalist. Mr. Lent is the son of William 
M. Lent, the well-known mining man. 
Society has awaited this annoucement quite a 
long time. During the last two years the 
names of both have been frequently coupled 
in the betrothal rumors that so persistently 
herald agreeable events of this character. 

* * * 

An engagement just made known is that 
of Miss Nettie Tubbs and Lieutenant Oyster 
of the First Artillery. Miss Tubbs is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Tubbs. This 
is another engagement the gossips have 
anticipated. Rumor has it the course of true 
love of this couple ran by no means smooth. 
There was considerable parental objection, 
which seems finally to have been vanquished. 

* * * 

This week the crop of betrothals is large. 
The engagement of Chaplain Thompson of 
the " Charleston " and Miss Ida Carleton has 
already been made known. Miss Carleton is 
the niece of Mrs. B. F. Norris, of 1822 Sacra- 
mento Street. She is an exceedingly pretty 
and vivacious girl. Mr. Thompson is both 
good-looking and popular. He is at present 
Chaplain of the " Charleston," and is the son 
of Bishop Thompson of Missouri. The 
marriage will take place when the cruiser goes 
out of commission — about one year hence. 
Still another is that of Miss Susie Davis and 
Frank V. Wright, of San Jose. Miss Davis 
is the daughter of A. E. Davis, ex-President 
of the South Pacific Coast Railroad. Mr. 
Wright is in the Union Savings Bank at San 
Jose. The marriage will take place early in 
June. 

* * * 

From all appearances there will be almost 
as large a crop of nuptial ceremonies after 
Lent as there were last year. It will be 
remembered that the latter end of April and 
the earlier days of May were almost entirely 
taken up by marriages. Among others to be 
celebrated will be that of Miss Edith Taylor 
and George Pope. 

Mrs. B. F. Norris gave a musical on Wed- 
nesday evening in honor of her niece, Miss 
Ida Carleton, whose engagement to Chaplain 

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Thompson, of the " Charleston," has just 
been announced. Mrs. Mariner Cambell and 
Mr. Cambell, and Mrs. Birmingham, whose 
fine contralto organ has often been heard at 
concerts, rendered vocal selections. Noah 
Brandt played two violin solos with artistic 
success. A delicious supper followed. The 
occasion was the first function this season at 
which all the members of the Club of '90 were 
gathered. It is a pity this organization, which 
did such effective work last year, could not be 
revived. No one seems to care to take the 
initiative, however, dnd the remit is fewer 
dances. There is some talk, I believe, of 
bringing together before Lent the men and 
girls who were accustomed to meet under the 
Club's auspices. Mrs. A. W. Scott will soon 
give a dance and the "'90" will assist her. 
$ Jr. $ 

The attendance at the Pleasanton hop was 
not nearly so great as at the New Year's ball. 
There was consequently more room for the 
dancers. In the large dining-room the floor 
was polished to a slippery perfection and 
those who tripped the light fantastic had an 
agreeable time. I did not see nearly so many 
pretty girls or such elaborate costumes as at 
the former event, however, but Sap Francisco 
gatherings Vary so that it is quite out of th<e 
question to deduce any general rules as 
regards looks. Mrs. Pendleton is quite an 
accomplished hostess. The several affairs 
she has given have gone with considerable 
snap, and I believe there are others to look 
iorward to before Lent. 

* * * 

Among the very pretty girls at the hop 
none attracted more attention than Miss Rob- 
ertson. This young lady has recently come 
here from Seattle, where she was the reigning 
belle. She is a petite brunette, has given 
much attention to literature, knows all the 
books of the day, and is a charming talker, 
and aside from all this, her elegant taste in 
dressing is waited on by a full purse, as she 
the granddaughter of the late Captain Renton, 
a millionaire among the Croesuses, and is, lam 
told, heiress to six or seven figures. Miss 
Robertson will be one of the most popular 
'young ladies in the city, as she has taken up 
her residence at the Pleasanton for the 
winter. 

* * * 

Miss Florence Reed gave a tea on Monday 
afternoon last in honor of Miss Struve, of 
Seattle, who is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. 
F. Bowers. On Thursday Miss Maud Hop- 
kins gave a very pleasant lunch. 

* * * 

Mr. W. S. McMurtry has returned from 
Europe. He spent most of his time in Paris 
and thoroughly enjoyed his visit there. 
Colonel and Mrs. Eyre, and Miss Eyre have 
returned from New York, and are domiciled 
at their Menlo Park residence. 
... .• ; .. * ♦ .* . . 

Mrs. General Kautz and Miss Kaulz are in 
town on a visit from Vancouver Barracxs. 
Mrs. Kautz has a large number of friends here 
who retain pleasant recollections of the time 



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she was at Angel Island. Some of the most 
agreeable entertainments and hops ever given 
there she presided over. Miss Kautz is an 
exceedingly pretty girl, a blonde with masses 
of golden hair, an exquisite complexion, and 
magnificent eyes. She is bein^ entertained 
by Miss Alice Ziska, who gave a musicale in 
her honor last Tuesday evening. Vocal 
selections were given by Mr. O'Sullivan and 
by Miss Ziska. Miss Kautz, who possesses 
a great deal of dramatic talent, recited. 

* * * 

The Joseph D. Crocketts gave a dinner on 
Monday evening last to twelve of their friends. 
Mr. Sheldon gave one of his pleasant dinner 
parties on Wednesday evening. On Thurs- 
day night the Misses Voorhie? gave a small 
card party and musicale. Mrs. Judge Evans 
rendered in her most artistic style a number 
of vocal selections. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Will E. Fisher, who have 
returned from their marriage tour, have sent 
out invitations to a reception at their resi- 
dence, 1210 Sutter Street, on Tuesday next. 
I believe it is only the first of a series, as 
both Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are very fond of 
entertaining, and intend doing a good deal of 
it during the season. 

* * * 

Ernest La Montague, Miss Marie La 
Montague, and Albert La Montagne arrived 
yesterday morning and are guests at the 
Palace Hotel. During their stay here they 
will be extensively entertained. 

* * * 

A very pleasant entertainment was the 
impromptu party given last Saturday even- 
ing by Miss Nellie Hillyer, at the residence of 
Mrs. E. N. Duprey. There were twenty-five 
or thirty men and girls there, and a most 
enjoyable evening was spent. A Leap Year 
cotillion was danced. Miss Hillyer led, very 
cleverly, a number of pretty figures. Through- 
out the evening the Leap Year features of the 
affair were rigorously insisted upon and a 
great deal of fun resulted. 

* * * 

To the intense REGRET of a legion of ar- 
dent admirers the fascinating Mrs. Hastings 
has gone East. She left on Wednesday, but 
under circumstances very different to what 
she anticipated. Mrs. Hastings is no longer 
an heiress; at least, her father-in-law, Judge 
Hastings, disputes her claim to his son's 
estate. She expected to step into undisputed 
control of property valued at nearly $300,000, 
which her husband held under the deed of 
trust. She may obtain it eventually, but be- 
tween her and it there is an immense amount 
of litigation. It seems that Tuesday was the 
last day on which suits against the estate of 
the late Robert Hastings could be filed. 

* * * 

With her attorneys, Garber, Boalt & Bishop, 
the fascinating widow was in Court, awaiting 



impatiently the happy moment that would 
make her an heiress. Just thirty minutes 
before noon, Ryland Wallace, Judge Hastings' 
attorney, appeared and asked for a stay of 
proceedings for ten days to permit the filing 
of an answer to the widow's petition. It 
appears that there are substantial grounds for 
the intervention. The property that Robert 
Hastings held under the deed of trust, Judge 
Hastings intended should go, after his death, 
to his children. Prior to his demise, however, 
he deeded it to his wife, making her the 
guardian of his children. The effect of a law- 
suit will be to deprive Mrs. Hastings of the 
large income she has hitherto derived from 
the Hastings real estate. A petition will then 
be presented appointing another guardian 
besides herself for the children, and then she 
will be given an allowance for their support. 
Her visit East will, I believe, be only a flying 
one. 

* * * 

The trustees of the O'Connor will have at 
last been released from their duties, and the 
estate is now in the hands of the heirs. 
The final report exhibited a most satisfactory 
settlement of the firm's affairs. The various 
bequests made by the late Mrs. O'Connor have 
all been paid off and with the various claim- 
ants, most liberal settlements have been made. 
In fact, if all trustees were to handle the 
affairs entrusted to them as them, as these 
gentlemen have, there would be much less 
litigation, and the duties of the Probate Court 
would be infinitely lighter than at present. 

* * * 

The residuary heirs are the members of the 
Costello family — sisters and brothers of the 
late Mrs. O'Connor — five in number. Mr. 
William and Mr. A. J. Costello, who have 
been so long identified with the firm 
of O'Connor, Moffat & Co., will in the 
future carry on the business — the elder 
brother, Mr. William Costello, acting as man- 
ager in chief. This position he has held since 
the death of his brother-in-law" and under 
his shrewd and careful administration, the 
revenues have not only been maintained, but 
have increased wonderfully. The firm is to 
be congratulated on having such capable 
men at the head of its affairs. 

* * * 

The naval reserve had a gala day at 
Mare Island on Sunday last. On the tug 
"Monarch" a delegation visited the Navy 
Yard, and inspected the " Baltimore" and 
other vessels there, even conducting a cursory 
examination of the " Monnadock." Every 
courtesy was, of course, extended by the 
Naval authorities, and the Reserve had a very 
enjoyable time. 

* * * 

I CANNOT EXPRESS ANY REGRET for the 

manner the Hydraulic Convention " sat 
down " upon Levi, Strauss & Co. This firm 
has a big overall manufactory, and if mining 
were resumed on the old scale it would be 
much to its profit. Among the letters read 

Areadian Waukesha Water. Your I'hysieiao will 

ronnvmnfixl it. 



by the Chairman from various distinguished 
men expressing sympathy with the objects of 
the Convention was a type-written epistle 
from the Battery Street concern — a vulgarly 
worded note, inviting the delegates to visit 
our " overall factory where several hundred 
white girls are employed, and where, if notice 
be but given, due preparations for their enter- 
tainment will be made." 

* * * 

Murmurs of indignation arose from the repre- 
sentatives. Several delegates arose with 
denunciations on their lips, but a motion to 
lay the obnoxious letter aside prevailed, and 
the matter passed over. It seems to me the 
firm might reasonably have been severely 
censured, as well as snubbed. It is perfectly 
true that tbe firm is a rich one, but the wealth 
of its founder is very largely due to circum- 
stances rather than to any display of marked 
ability. He happened to be in business with 
ample means during the war, and his large 
fortune is the result. 

The World's Fair seems to have a closer 
hold on the attention of the nations of the 
Eastern Hemisphere than it has secured here, 
and we will shortly have to go away from 
home to learn the news regarding this great 
American enterprise. Of course, the impetus 
that has carried the interest in the exposition 
to other lands, was gained from the press of 
the United States ; but, in our efforts to collect 
the sensational news of the day, this staple 
article of information is being neglected. In 
France, Germany, and, I believe, Austria, 
the interest in the Fair far exceeds that shown 
here ; and the citizens of these countries are 
in possession of facts regarding the exposition 
that we do not know. 

* * * 

Probably for the purpose of " posting " us 
on matters pertaining to the Fair, Special 
Commissioner A. B. deGuerville will lecture, 
at Metropolitan Temple, next week. In the 
lecture I have small interest ; I am of the 
opinion it will be dry, statistical, and plead- 
ing. But Mr.de Guerville is a character worth 
seeing and hearing. I judge the .Special Com- 
missioner is an enthusiast. He is a very young 
man ; probably not over twenty-eight years 
old, with a thin, smooth-shaven face ; small, 
pale-blue eyes, and a decidedly French accent. 
Indeed, there is little to his English but the 
accent. He is editor of Le Courier Fmitfais, 
published in Chicago, and is a journalist of 
some repute. He was not chosen to speak to 
American audiences, but rather to travel 
around the world on a tour of enlightenment ; 
he will instruct the monarchs of the old coun- 
tries in all matters pertaining to exhibits, and 
will start with China and Japan, whither he 
sails in a short time. 

* * * 

After aix, it does not seem to be certain 
that the new Australian ballot law will stop 
vote-buying. The modification that has been 
adopted in this State, and which will go int<> 



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force for the first time at the next election, 
was designed mainly by those who crowded it 
through the last boodle Legislature to prevent 
the corrupt voter from selling his franchise. 
For, you must know, it is not always the vil- 
lain who may be canvassing for Congress or 
the Federal Senate or who wants to be Gov- 
ernor or Sheriff, who purchases votes. Mani- 
festly, if there were no votes for sale, none 
could be bought, and it is quite possible that 
if all voters took the advice of Demosthenes, 
who told the Athenians to accept the gold of 
Philip of Macedon — and vote as they pleased, 
corruption of the elective franchise would be 
almost unknown. Vote-buyers will not pur- 
chase unless they are reasonably sure of the 
delivery of the goods. 

$ $ & 

It is still my opinion, notwithstanding what 
I shall set down before I finish this subject, 
that our new election law strikes a deadly 
blow at vote-buying. It certainly, to the out- 
ward observer, interrupts the close connection 
that has heretofore existed between the vendor 
and vendee, and consequently will, to some 
extent, destroy the confidence of the latter in 
the delivery of the goods. This done, half 
the battle is won. As I have previously 
observed, the new law requires that the voter 
shall mark his ballot alone in a closed room, 
and after it is marked it cannot be opened or 
exhibited to anybody. Now a vote-buyer 
might say, " Mr. Jones, I will give you three 
dollars for your vote, if you will mark it to 
suit me," and Mr. Jones might accept the ten- 
der; but how is this executory contract to be 
consummated? Certainly, the vote-buyer is 
not going to take Mr. Jones' say-so that he went 
into the booth and marked the ticket according 
to contract. For how does he know that it 
was properly marked? Jones may have sold 
out to another party a few minutes previously, 
and when he gets into the booth he may vio- 
late both agreements, and vote as he pleases. 
It seems to me that on its face, this new law 
provides a system which it will be hard for 
the elective franchise vendors to beat. 

* * * 

Some days ago I conversed with a gentle- 
man who claims to know something about this 
subject. In fact, I have been informed that 
during several campaigns he has himself 
superintended many large vote-buying enter- 
prises, and hence his qualifications to speak 
intelligently are quite unusual. I expressed 
the opinion that the new law would abolish 
the pests in the Water Front boarding-houses 
who traffic in votes at every election, as well 
as the lucrative business of "stuffing" lodg- 
ing-houses and saloons with names to be sold 
to the highest bidders. He had a different 
opinion. 

* * * 

" No, it will not," he said, quite positively 
" That business is too profitable to be easily 
broken up. The men who engage in it care 
nothing for the penalties if they succeed, and 
the only problem that confronts them under 
the new law is to provide a link between the 



purchaser outside and the voter inside the 
booth. That is easily provided. Take, for 
instance, precincts in which there is a large 
purchasable element, such as exists on the 
Water Front or south of Market Street, and I 
suppose you desire to carry them and be sure 
that your money is not going to be wasted, j 
To begin with, under any system there must 
be an agreement between the voter and the 
man who pays for his vote. As things were 
at the last election a man agreed to sell, the 
ticket was placed in his hand outside the ioo- 
foot limit, and he was watched until he 
deposited it in the box. This can no longer 
be done, because the ballot is not now handled 
by any persons except the clerk inside who 
tears it off the stub and the voter who goes 
into the booth to mark it. 

* * * 

"Now, see how easy this interrupted sur- 
veillance can be provided. Take the kind of 
a precinct I have mentioned, and you would 
first have to get a man on the election board 
jwho would co-operate with you. This man 
might be a Judge, Inspector, Clerk — any- 
thing. You would make a bargain with the 
voter on the outside to sell his vote. You 
would then instruct him to enter the polling 
place, give his name and declare that he was 
not sufficiently intelligent to mark his ballot. 
Whereupon the Inspector would ask I 
' Whom do you desire to mark for you? ' The 
merchantable voter would at once select your 
confederate, who would accompany him into 
the booth. 

" You could actually stand by and see this 
done, and thus have the evidence of your own 
eyes. Once inside, your confederate would 
mark the ballot according to contract, put a 
black pin in the coat-collar of the venial 
voter, in some peculiar way, and on emerg- 
ing into the open air he could hunt up your 
Treasurer who would look at the pin and pay 
him the stipulated price. I do not think 
such a system as this is more risky or less 
practicable than the one now in vogue and 
which is about to fall into innocuous desue- 
tude." 

* * * 

I will confess that since I listened to the 
remarks of this expert my confidence in the 
ability of the new election law to stop vote- 
buying has been shaken somewhat. It is an 
old saying that man proposes and the Lord 
disposes, and perhaps after all a wise Provi- 
dence, which takes care of the " can-canner" 
and "bum" alike, will prevent the human 
mind devising any scheme to thwart the mer- 
chantable voter. Possibly there is no remedy 
for the evils that flow from a corrupt ballot 
box, except civic virtue. 

For the Board of Education I have 
frequently and unequivocally expressed the 
contempt I feel. To say it is the worst the 
city has ever suffered, would be forestalling 
the verdict of the Recording Angel who pre- 



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sides over municipalities. I presume there 
is one. The other day a copy of the 
semi-annual balance sheet that the Secretary 
of the Board furnishes each member was 
given me. It is quite an elaborate document, 
and a superficial glance at it discloses appar- 
ently a satisfactory condition of finances. 
There is exhibited an unexpended balance of 
$14,394. Acting on the assumption that 
things are not always what they seem, I have 
gone to the trouble of analyzing the figures 
and my results, strange to say, are almost the 
antithesis of the bookkeeper's. Indeed, it 
seems to me an obvious effort to juggle with 
the debits and credits. 

There is the salary fund, for instance. The 
report shows an unexpended balance of $3460 
— which looks as though due economy had 
been exercised. It must be remembered that 
more than half the annual appropriation is 
required for the second six months, however, 
so this will not cut anything of a figure. Nor 
is there a word throughout the statement of 
the $6000 deficiency, the result of under-esti- 
mating the amount of back salaries due teach- 
ers. It will be remembered that the Board of 
Supervisors made a special appropriation for 
this purpose. It was about $66,000, I think. 
When payments came to be made, however, 
the Board found it had asked for $6000 too 
little. This amount, then, had to be taken 
from the regular fund. 

* * * 

The other regular balances are approxi- 
mately correct, at present. They cannot gain 
anything in the next six months, however, 
but must lose, for the simple reason that there 
are a number of outstanding unpaid bills, con- 
tracted before December, that are not included 
in this statement. Another remarkable 
feature of the sheet is the creation of a new 
fund christened "Building New Building 
Fund " — an unique title. Heretofore it has 
been called Girls' High School Fund. It 
purports to show that out of half the annual 
appropriation — $11,949, but $700 has been 
paid out, leaving a credit of $1 1,249. This 
sum with the $3460 provides the cash balance 
of $14,394, of which I spoke. But there is 
$29,000 due the contractor on the High 
School Building and it is very apparent that 
the amount of the original appropriation, 
$24,500, will be exceeded. 

* * * 

It is apparent, therefore, that in claiming 
this balance an error is made. If $29,000 is 
due, the appropriation is snowed under. Add 
to the $11,000, the $6000 teachers' back 
salaries and there is really a deficit of a little 
over $3000 for the half year. The clever 
financiers who have "cooked up" their 
accounts so cleverly will, no doubt, be able to 
juggle out of their difficulty in June next. 
Considering the condition of affairs one may- 
be excused hazarding a query as to where the 
$25,000 to erect the new schoolhouse on 
McAllister is to be derived ! Some of the 
Directors have said it will be paid for out of 



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next year's funds, but I believe there is a 
law against that system of financering. 

* * * 

The difference between ornament and 
utility is closely defined by some of my 
fellow-townsmen. I have in mind now a gentle- 
man whose rise from the bottom to the top 
rung of the ladder was by rapid, if repre- 
hensible, stages. As he grew rich he became 
aesthetic; he dived into the sea of faddom; 
took to the collection of coins as a pastime, 
and cheered his idle hours with the study of 
garnered medals, whose inscriptions he did 
not understand. His business prospered, and 
from the profits he was enabled to erect a 
splendid building whose beetling brow 
frowned above everything in the city. Of 
course, he could not have done this had he 
not given some of his attention to the 
science of personal economy. He smoked 
cigarettes because they were cheaper than 
cigars; and finding the expense of the former 
a trifle heavier than he thought he could bear, 
he discarded them and took to chewing 
tobacco. 

*■ * * 

In his new building he had a private office 
fitted up; something original in design, 
unique in furnishing, and picturesque in 
embellishment. It was an office, library, and 
museum corner combined, and the expressions 
of praise that fell from the lips of friends who 
were wont to visit it were audible forms of 
incense offered on the altar of his good taste. 
In one nook he had a beautiful buffet in 
miniature, and this was filled with decanters 
of strange design, bottles of exquisite work- 
manship, and glasses artistic and valuable. It 
was the rich man's habit to show his visitors 
everything in the office before turning to this 
niche dedicated to Bacchus; then he would 
throw open its doors, and with true Califor- 
nian hospitality would say : " What do you 
think of this?" Your eyes would bear the 
message of the buffet's equipments to . your 
palate, and anticipating liquoring would fill 
you with delight. "But," the owner of all 
this grandeur would say, "look at that 
view; it is the finest in the city." Your eyes 
would turn from the buffet to gaze on the 
scene outside; when you looked again, 
bottles, liquors, and hopes had fled; the door 
would be shut and securely locked. Few 
friends visit the splendid office of my fellow- 
townsman now, as the story of how he feasts 
the eyes to the starving of the palate has 
been told to his disadvantage. 

* * * 

The stories that resulted from the visit 
of the League of Press Clubs have not all 
been told in print, and here is one that has 
escaped the drag-net of the writer f<3r the 
daily papers. After the banquet at the 
Palace, which came to a glorious end between 
one and two o'clock in the morning, a num- 
ber of the guests accepted John McGilvray's 
invitation to visit the University Club on 
Sutter Street. There were no carriages in 
sight, and from Kearny to Taylor Streets 



groups of men were seen assisting comrades 
to navigate the tortuous and winding thor- 
oughfare. The entire crowd seemed to be 
taking instructions in the ambulance and 
stretcher drills, and those who carried were 
no more numerous than those who were 
carried. 

* * * 

From time to time the crowd burst forth in 
song; loud, stentorian song that cracked the 
rafters of Heaven, and aroused the guardian 
of the peace as he quietly slumbered in the 
doorway around the corner. This officer was 
one who had not been long on the force, and 
he had not yet learned the difference between 
a burglar and a banqueter. He approached 
the crowd, and called for silence. 

"Silence!" yelled Colonel Kovvalsky; 
"Silence! Hear him, ye members of the 
Press; this varlet wants silence. Look here, 
Mr. Officer, if you don't move on, we'll arrest 
you ." 

"Come," said the policeman, "I've had 
enough of this; you are all under arrest." 

" And I'll go bail," cried Mr. McGilvray. 

Colonel Kowalsky came to the rescue 
again. "Officer," he said, with gravity, 
" You don't know us. We are the Interna- 
tional Club of Press Leagues, and will have 
you put on the Police Commission. Let 
us alone. If you don't like what we're 
singing, that's all right; if ' Comrades ' isn't 
good enough for you we'll sing ' Mary Green,' 
but we will not stop singing. ' Mary Green,' 
boys." And as the officer started away for 
assistance, the gang filed up to the University 
Club, warbling of " Mary." 

* * * 

The Washington fever has another 
victim , Thonlas Jefferson Clunie, General 
by courtesy, and Mr-Congressman by Loud. 
We all know the effects of the disease, 
which is always dangerous; sometimes fatal; 
disastrous to the finances; calamitous to the 
reputation; causing an upright," honorable 
man to[assume a cringing, -sycophantish mien, 
and sending him out shadow-chasing in a 
mad effort to keep in a line with public 
opinion. Mr. Clunie's attempts to get into 
the United States Senate are quite apparent, 
but not more so than his utter indifference as 
to the manner of entrance; he would as soon 
enter by the back window as by the front 
door. He believes he has discovered the 
opportunity of his life, which consists in the 
repairing, setting up, and oiling of the time, 
worn and purpose-served County Committee 
machine, through whose restored instrumen- 
tality he hopes to be able to thresh out Demo- 
cratic votes for senatorial purposes. 

* * * 

The reasoning of Thomas is not at fault. 
He knows that Legislatures in this State 
alternate, because every legislative body is 
Worse than its predecessor; each discovers 
inventions in villainy that seemed to have 
been exhausted by the one that went before it. 
The magnificence of the corruption in the last 

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Republican Legislature makes it absolutely 
accessary that we should give the Democracy 
a chance, and Mr. Clunie's efforts to refit the 
machine are for that purpose. He was always 
a friend of Buckley, and has gone from Wash- 
ington to New York to attend a banquet 
given to the ex-boss, and has said that Mr. 
Huckley's modesty would not accept the offer- 
ing of a United States Senatorial seat from 
the hands of his Californian admirers. For 
this Mr. Buckley owes Thomas his private 
aid, and if the latter can set up the County 
Committee it will be forthcoming. There are, 
of course, worse men in the Senate than Mr. 
Clunie, but that will not assist him in his 
ambition. 

* * * 

The story of Paddy Muq hy's encounter 
with John L. Sullivan has been passed round 
pretty extensively among " the boys," but it 
has not yet, so far as I remember, got into 
print. Among the pleasing mannerisms of 
the great pugilist is a habit of denouncing 
newspapermen who have disagreed with him. 
Being gifted with a vocabulary both extensive 
and virulent, he is apt, occasionally, to become 
offensive to his auditors. One night, during 
his last big spree, he was in at the Richlieu 
imbibing whisky and incidentally cursing the 
city editor of the Examiner, T. T. Williams. 
In his capacity as dramatic critic, this jour- 
nalist had definitely expressed the belief that 
Mr. Sullivan was no actor, and had goue so 
far as to reproduce sections of Sullivanesque 
dialect that seemed to support his position. 
Since then Mr. Sullivan has sworn a hundred 
times to slay him. 

* * * 

Paddy Murphy, or Kx-Senator Murphy, to 
be more correct, is a very little man, who 
walks lame, and supports himself with a stick. 
He is Irish, audacious, and as pugnacious as 
the rest of his countrymen. After listening 
to the tirade he came forward and, throwing 
back his head, looked up at the champion. 

"Sir," he said, "I care not who you are, 
but if you mention disrespectfully in my hear- 
ing again the name of me friend, Tom Wil- 
liams, I'll slap your face, sir ; I'll slap your 
face." 

At a stretch, Mr Murphy might possibly 
have touched Mr. Sullivau's shoulder. 

The champion stopped, hiccoughed a little, 
and then patting admiringly with his huge 
hand the shoulder of the Ex-Senator, said : 

" That's right, little man ; me own fodder 
was just such a small chap as you, an' he sed 
de same to me many a time." 

With these words he stalked out of the 
saloon, and then Paddy's friends gathered 
round to congratulate him on his pluck. 

The business community did a good 
deal of surmising about the Spreckels dissolu- 
tion. Gus vSpreckels has withdrawn from the 
firm of John 1). vSpreckels & Bros., and pur- 
poses, I believe, setting up on his own account. 
Few who are not interested in the operations 
of this concern realize how vast its interests 



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and assets are. Organized a good man}- years 
ago to handle a steamer line between here and 
Honolulu besides plantations at Hawaii, it 
has grown into one of the representative busi- 
ness houses of the State. One branch after 
another has been added — commission, insur- 
ance, an agency department, tug boats, ocean 
steamers — until now the firm is known to 
merchants all over the world, and consign- 
ments of all kinds and conditions are for- 
warded by it. 

# ♦ ♦ 

This business has been built up under the 
personal guidauce of John D. Spreckels, a 
man who has so often given proof of possess- 
ing brains and energy out of the common, 
that even his enemies have never reproached 
him with being merely the son of his father. 
Though worth millions in his own right, 
John D., as he is familiarly known down 
town, is a hard, untiring worker, who comes 
down early and leaves late. His brother, 
Adolf, who now holds a half interest in the 
firm, vigorously co-operates with him in its 
operations. Segregating such vast interests is 
no light task. I believe the total assets are 
away up in the millions. 

According to reports from the Capital a 
more unhappy family than that which now 
constitutes the State administration, never 
dwelt within the government building at 
Sacramento. I am told that the heads of the 
government are so thoroughly at loggerheads 
that all communication, personal as well as 
official, has been suspended between some of 
the offices. It is customary at Sacramento, 
when these fellows fallout, for a modus Vivendi 
of some kind to be maintained in the interest 
of the public at large, but it seems that this 
time-honored custom has now given way to 
the animosities of the officials. Governor 
Markhatn, owing to his delicate health, is 
absent from his office a considerable portion 
of the time, and, consequently, he has not par- 
ticipated to any great extent in the general 
ill-feeling that the other State officers con- 
stantly cultivate for each other, and, as a 
result, he is on speaking terms with most of 
his subordinates; but the other State officers 
assemble in the great white building at nine 
o'clock every morning only to glare at each 
other like black cats in a strange garret, until 
it comes time to knock off what they all — not- 
withstanding their bickerings— call "work." 

* * * 

My informant, who is a respectable citizen 
of the Capital City — and I set this down with 
many melancholy reflections — says that these 
personal differences have proceeded so far that 
they have actually invaded the chamber of 
death, and he firmly believes that were one of 
the heads of the present administration to die 
the others would withhold from him, if they 
could, a Christian burial, and perhaps resolu- 
tions of condolence. He bases this opinion 
upon the recent experience of State Librarian 
Perkins who has vainly struggled for several 
days past to secure for Ex-Secretary of State 



Hendricks the usual pleasantries of an official 
funeral.- Mr. Hendricks died on Sunday. 
He was an old and popular resident of the 
Capital. Among his other warm friends was 
Librarian Perkins. Mr. Perkins happens 
also to be a warm friend of Secretary of State 
Waite, who defeated Hendricks at the last 
election. It struck Mr. Perkins as a hand- 
some thing for Mr. Waite to call a meeting 
of the State officers and offer some resolu- 
tions properly commemorative of the services 
of the deceased to the State. What could be 
more appropriate than for one triumphant 
political enemy to do this for another ? 

But the moment the idea was suggested to 
Mr. Waite he smashed it with a flat refusal. 
Some of the other officials who are on speak- 
ing terms with the Secretary of State — and my 
informant says they are very few — attempted 
to ascertain Mr. Waite's reasons, but without 
success. He is well known to be an able and 
vigorous writer; indeed, at one time he was 
a leading editor of the old Sacramento Union, 
and he is just the man who could dish up a 
person with red fire and a quick curtain in 
resolutions of condolence. But he refused, 
and that settled it. Subsequently Mr. Perkins 
suggested that a collection be taken up for 
a floral offering to be placed upon the dead 
official's bier. Deputy Librarian Sam Leake 
was sent out with the contribution box. 
* * * 

Mr. Leake is a very talented collector, and if 
anybody can get blood out of a turnip, he can 
do it; but getting blood out of a turnip is an 
easy thing compared to making collections 
for funeral purposes from the present inhabi- 
tants of the State Capitol Building. Sam 
could get no assistance, as few of the officials 
are on speaking terms, and all flatly declined 
to enter the offices of the others under any 
circumstances whatever. But after struggling 
for several hours and perpetrating — as my in- 
formant says — the crime of highway robbery 
several times, Sam managed to collect a sum 
sufficient to buy a floral piece. This was 
placed on Mr. Hendricks' coffin, and on Wed- 
nesday he was buried. My informant further 
believes that another death in the Capital 
City, requiring the action of the State Admin- 
istration, would cause a riot in the great white 
building. Fortunately, with ths exception of 
the Governor, the inhabitants of that struc- 
ture are unusually healthy, and there is no 
danger of any of them dying — surely not 
until their terms expire. 

That very thriving institution, the 
University Club, is made up of two large sets, 
besides half a dozen smaller ones. There is 
the young set that goes in fjr football and 
loves to talk athletics, discusses the latest 
news from Yale, Harvard, and Princeton, and 
regards a good football player as the noblest 
work of God. Opposed to it is a set com- 
posed of the staid spirits of the organization 
— men who have survived their fondness for 
physical exertion — lawyers, doctors, under- 
writers. They are possessed of an apprecia- 



tion for the virtues of domesticity and 
tranquility- Some few are married and are 
not to be found within the precincts save at 
lunch time, or for a few minutes in the after- 
noon. There are others, however, who make 
the Varsity their headquarters, and can be 
found chatting there every evening. 

* * * 

Just as sedateness is the characteristic of 
this contingent, boistrousness is quite fre- 
quently the salient feature of the young men. 
Not that they proceed to undue lengths, for I 
believe the average of gentlemen to the total 
membership in the 'Varsity is higher than at 
any other club in San Fraucisco. Their 
vitality, however, is expressed in various 
ways — in chorus singing, in rather loud 
laughter, and other manifestations of surplus 
energy. There is a very pretty white and gold 
piano in the parlor of the ' Varsity, on which the 
members vent their talents. The worship of 
Euterpe is not conducted through Bach or 
Beethoven, or even Wagner, but in the strains 
of minstrelsy or comic opera. Sometimes the 
very rafters shudder under the strains of 
" Mary Jane and I, " or "The Bogie Man," 
given by strong lungs with tempestuous force. 
Then it is that the old set begins to make its 
objections heard. 

* * * 

As the younger element is in the majority, 
I faucy the opponents of this species of har- 
mony will have their objections for their 
trouble. It may be that driven desperate by 
"What a Difference in the Morning," an 
organized attack will be made on the piano. 
But even then the desecration of the instru- 
ment would be but a good excuse for obtain- 
ing another. 

* * * 

Another story being told in the select ranks 
of rounders concerns two brilliantly bibu- 
lous youths, known among their dear friends 
as "Sphinx" and the "King." They 
are excellent fellows. None better in town — 
good-hearted and jolly, worth a dozen of 
most of the men who envy their admirably 
cultivated thirsts. Both are scions of swell 
families, rejoicing in the possession of pluto- 
cratic parents, who, by a strange coincidence, 
reside across the street from one another. In 
the course of human events, it quite often 
happens that Sphinx and the King are 
conveyed home in the " wee stna' 'ours." 
Certain trained hackmen who haunt the 
vicinity of the Club are posted on their peculi- 
arities, and seldom fail to locate them on the 
doorstep of their mansions. 

One very dark and dismal night, recently, 
Sphinx had distinguished himself by an almost 
supernatural consumption of red liquor. He 
appeared anxious to drink the Club's entire 
stock, and when the poker game was concluded 
the last man to go upstairs left him sleep- 
ing the sleep of the jagged just in a huge arm- 
chair. It was decided to send him home. He 
was packed downstairs and put into the four- 
wheeler waiting at the door. The servitor 
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He had taken the King home the night 
before. 

" At it again ?" he queried. 

"Yes, pretty well loaded up, too. Just 
take him home easily." The servitor turned 
to go in. 

" Street ?" interrogated the jehu, who, 

in the darkness, could not see his charge's 
face. 

" Of course," was the reply. 

* * * 

The carriage started, and in due time 
reached the gate of the mansion where the 
parent of the King resides. Descend- 
ing, the hack man opened the gste, and 
essayed to make his charge sic up. The 
Sphinx was absolutely immovable. He tried 
again, without avail. Finally, in despair, he 
rang the bell . After a short delay, the fond 
papa put his head out the window and asked 
what the matter was. 

" I've brought j r our son home, sir, and for 
the loife of me I can't move him out of me 
hack." There was commiseration in the 
jehu's voice. 

" Drunk again?" inquired the fond parent, 
sadly. 

"Very drunk, your honor," was the reply. 
" I'll go down, then, and help you." 

* * * 

A few minutes later the door was open, and 
a tall figure, rather scantily clad, carrying a 
candle, emerged. Just at that instant a 
female head was thrust out the window, and 
a voice inquired : 

"What is the matter? Where are you 
going?" 

" Here's in this hack, and I'm going 

to help him in." 

" But he is home hours ago," said the fond 
mother of the King. 

"Nonsense," said the plutocratic parent. 
" He is out in the hack here, drunk as usual." 

" But I am quite sure," she reiterated. 

" Go and see, then." 

The head was withdrawn, and a minute 
later there came a triumphant " I told you so " 
from the window. 

"Then, who can it be in the hack?" he 
interrogated anxiously. He stalked down the 
steps and threw the beams of his candle full 
on the face of the placidly sleeping Sphinx. 

Surprise and outraged virtue struggled 
in his countenance. 

The hackman's face wore an expression of 
deep contrition. 

" Shure, the fellow at the Club said 

Street, an' I thought 'twas the King," 
he. said. 

' Don't ever make a mistake like this again, 
sir," said the capitalist, " or I will have your 
license confiscated. 

Take the fellow across the street." 

* * * 

Thk Mercantile Library is nearly fin- 
ished, and will be formally opened on this day 
week. Invitations are to be sent to all the 
members, besides to most of the prominent 



people in town, and an opportunity will be 
given to see the new reading-room under the 
most agreeable circumstances. The affair will 
take the form of a promenade concert. Donald 
Graham, Mrs. Wy man-Williams, and others 
will sing, and Beel and Landsberger will ren- 
der violin solos. It is pleasant to learn the 
occasion will not be taken advantage of for 
oratorical purposes. Not even President E. 
J. Molera will be allowed to make a speech. 
I believe the manner of arranging the book- 
cases, periodicals, and newspapers will impress 
most of the visitors favorably. All are on the 
the same floor, and there is an abundance of 
light and air. 

* * * 

On the Van Ness and Golden Gate Avenue 
corner, two windows on either street have 
been enclosed forming an alcove for ladies 
exclusive!}*. This is being very comfortably 
fitted up and makes a most luxurious place to 
spend an hour or so with the latest novel. 
The stream of carriages and buggies on the 
way to Golden Gate Park furnishes a diversion 
of the most agreeable kind. The chances are 
quite in favor of the new reading- room proving 
a popular place, even though it is at present 
rather removed from the car lines. A question 
of considerable importance is in regard to the 
finances. To complete the structure there 
has been contracted a debt of some $50,000. 
Of course there are two floors containing a 
large number of the most comfortable apart- 
ments in town to derive income from, but 
there is still a question of success 

* * * 

The cost of the building was $100,000. For 
the lot the sum of $70,000 was paid. I pre- 
sume the total expenditures amount to over 
$210,000. From the sale of the property on 
Bush Street, $165,500 was derived. The 
interest on the sum borrowed should be more 
than covered by the rents even the first year, 
aud the revenue from the library ought to 
keep the library going. If expectations are 
disappointed, there will be a crash of monu- 
mental proportions. 

* * * 

The dispatches state that an executive 
officer on board one of the American men-of- 
war in Valparaiso had used his position as a 
means of getting news, which he furnished to 
the New York Herald, and there is some talk 
of suspending the gentleman, who is referred 
to as a "culprit." One might as well talk of 
suspending Miss Poemriter from the Woman's 
Press Association for contributing verses to 
the Morning Caul. The offense — it is so 
called in the light of events — of which the 
officer was guilty was in coloring his dis- 
patches to suit P.almaceda. It is not neces- 
sary to state that almost every American in 
Chile favored the Dictator; I suppose that 
was because of their Republican education. 

* * * 

The news this officer sent to the Herald was 
of such a character that a complaint was filed 
against him, and Commander Schley ordered 
him to stop. About the same time, Mr. 



Wolf, the present correspondent, dawned in 
Valparaiso as special representative of the San 
Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. The 
people laughed at him; he was regarded as an 
adventurer, and was shown small courtesy 
wherever he went. By accident he came 
upon the officer who had been the Herald's 
only source of news, and was retained by that 
gentleman to send the dispatch containing the 
account of the decisive battle between the 
Congressioualists and Balmaceda's forces; 
Mr. Wolf attached his name to the cablegram, 
which cost about $2.50 a word. Within two 
days Chile was at his feet; he blossomed like 
the rose of Sharon; he was heavy with money; 
his hospitality was the talk of the town; and 
now, I understand, he is the guest at all the 
clubs and is a social lion. 

* ♦ ♦ 

This was nearly all due to Admiral Brown. 
As is well known, the Admiral was openly 
charged with having sent dispatches of an 
informative nature to Balmaceda, and there 
was likely to be an investigation if the 
reports were not contradicted. Mr. Wolf was 
the man to do this, and his dispatches to the 
Herald were of a very flattering character to 
Brown. The latter was not slow to shew 
his appreciation of the reporter's kindness; he 
was taken on board the cruiser; dined with the 
Admiral; was his companion at all the fetes 
in Valparaiso, and was treated everywhere 
as if he had been a gentlemen. On one occa- 
sion, there were three American citizens at an 
important meeting of the Chilean Cabinet. 
They were Mr. Wolf, Brown, and Kgan. Mr. 
Wolf is "chums" with President Montt; 
"chappy" with Matta; and a persona grata 
to all the big men in Chile. I will not be 
charged with professional jealousy when I say 
that his cheek would turn an army worm. 

The Saturday Morning Orchestra's opening 
concert will be given under the direction of 
J. H. Rosewald, at Metropolitan Temple, on 
Tuesday evening, February ifith, in aid of the 
Ladies' Protection and Relief Society. The 
organization is composed exclusively of ladies 
(amateurs) and comprises all the string and 
reed instruments necessary for a regular 
orchestra. 

* * * 

The High License Association is working 
with a will against the liquor traffic, and the 
Right Rev. Assistant Bishop Nichols will 
speak on behalf of the movement at Metro- 
politan Temple on next Tuesday. A. S. 
Hollidie will preside, aud an excellent musical 
programme has been arranged. 

* * * 

The Grand Charity Concert to be given in the 
interest of the Fabiola Home, promises to be a 
.Society event. Mrs. Mary Wyman-Williams, 
Messrs. Howland, Galvani, Martinez, and 
Keating ; the famous Los Bandurvistas, and 
other mandolin, and guitar clubs will assist. 
* * * 

I am pained to learn that the Episco- 
palians are so sure of the road to heaven that 



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THE WAVE. 



they will not travel it in company. St. Luke's < 
parish, which comprises many of the fashion- 
able people of the city, was anxious to journey 
along the thorny and narrow path with the 
good people of Trinity, and, to secure the con- 
voy of the co-religionists, proposed that they 
unite. Trinity has refused, fearing, probably, 
that the influx of St. Luke's parishioners 
would crowd the road, and make the walking 
bad for themselves ; perhaps they merely pre- 
ferred to scale the heights alone, without any 
selfish feeling in the matter. The proposition 
for a union was discussed calmly and seri- 
ously by the people of Trinity ; and, of the 
forty-eight votes cast on the question, only 
five were in favor of uniting. 

* * * 

While St. Luke's is probably the most fash- 
i raable parish in the city, and while, individ- 
ually, the parishioners are very wealthy, the 
church is by no means rich ; indeed, I am not 
quite sure that the mortgage on the property 
is raised yet, although, since the Rev. Mr. 
Davis took hold, much has been done to clear 
it of debt. At the outside, under any circum- 
stances, it has not more than $25,000 or 
$30,000 to its credit. Trinity, on the other 
hand, is, comparatively, a wealthy corpora- 
tion, and is easily worth $250,000 or $300,000. 
But the question of figures with the worldly 
dollar mark in front of them, could have noth- 
ing to do with the refusal of Trinity to join 
with St. Luke's ; I cannot believe that a mat- 
ter of money would prevent two churches in 
joining for the good of the people. However, 
the vote against the union was about as I have- 
given it. 

* * * 

The legal fraternity promises us all 
kinds of huge surprises next week. The two 
greatest cases in criminal jurisprudence are 
said to be on at the New City Hall, and Sid- 
ney Bell and M. B. Curtis are enjoying the 
privilege of sharing public attention with the 
Chilean disgrace. That brilliant jurist, Judge 
Dan Murphy, will not grant Sidney Bell a new 
trial; only the most sanguine could have 
expected that he would. Dan Murphy has 
the kind of mind that I admire; he will not 
admit that he has made a mistake, and would 
rather have a decision go to the Supreme 
Court (which, if it decides against him, is 
notoriously incompetent) for reversal, than 
convict himself out of his own mouth of 
error. There has been much imagination 
expended in this case, and the perjurers are 
not all on one side. But Judge Murphy will 
not grant a new trial, although the Supreme 
Court will. 

* * * 

Of Actor Curtis' case little need be said; he 
will not be convicted; an honest jury could 
not find him guilty on the evidence in pos- 
session of the prosecution, and a dishonest 
jury never decides against the defendant; that 
is why it is dishonest. It is a serious waste 
of time and money to continue the trial, 
which will cost the tax-payers more than th«y 



can afford. In my opinion there is no testi- 
mony against Curtis; the circumstantial evi- 
dence is in his favor; and the character of the 
witnesses for the State will hurt the case. 
Two of the principal witnesses wanted to 
know what the defense would give them to 
leave town; the police have shown a bitter- 
ness of feeling that will destroy the value of 
anything they say, and the array of legal 
talent, W. W. Foote, George Knight, and J. 
N. E- Wilson will be hard to beat. Curtis 
will not be found guilt}-. 

The Musicians' Union, which is continu- 
ally frying its own fat in the heat of an arro- 
gant assumption of proprietorship in the earth, 
should have its attention called to the flagrant 
violation of its rules and irregulations at the 
Bush Street Theatre. A labor-saving and 
money-making device of a most outrageous 
character is in vogue there, and how it has 
been permitted to continue I am quite unable 
to say. The orchestra at this popular place 
of resort has been doing its regular duty and 
performing the work of a polyglot band of 
musicians during the "Sport McAllister" 
engagement. It has kept a male quartette of 
negro impersonators out of a job, to gain a 
precarious livelihood by begging charity from 
soulless capitalists. The members have played 
the trombone, tooted the French horn, scraped 
the fiddle, and sawed the viol — and then have 
been compelled to sing ! Orchestras in other 
theatres are not made to sing ; nor was this 
one. 

* * * 

It seems to me that the Union is not per- 
forming its duty toward the members in per- 
mitting this outrage. I respectfully submit 
that an orchestra is not expected to engage in 
vocal exercises, to the disadvantage of trained 
musicians and the audience. There are many 
good singers in the city who would be pleased 
to accept a small remuneration fordoing "a 
turn" at the Bush every night ; and, in keep- 
ing them from getting the opportunity, I 
believe the Musicians' Union has transgressed 
its laws and violated its constitution. Its 
charter — if it have ofte — should be revoked ; 
and it should, as a body, be sentenced to listen 
to some of its own music. People who object 
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severe ; I will reduce the sentence : The 
Union may go to the Devil, instead. 

I suppose it is in order to congratulate 
my esteemed friend, Hon. Maurice Schmitt, 
upon his signal success as a political boss. 
He has managed the Fire Department for less 
than twelve months, and has succeeded in 
landing himself and his co-workers of the 
Fire Commission, in a sea of " soup." Months 
ago I related the story of the compact entered 
into between Martin Kelly and Sam Rainey, 
and pointed out how it enabled them to defeat 
the bill before the last Legislature, with which 
Dan Burns intended to reorganize the Fire 
Department. The proceedings in Judge Wal- 
lace's Court, on Tuesday, at the late trial of 
Charles E. Broad, Clerk of the Corporation 
Yard, which has resulted in his reinstatement, 
merely prove that the compact was not a whit 
more far-reaching than my information indi- 
cated. It is plain now, however, that Fire 
Commissioners;Fisher Ames, Maurice Schmitt, 
and Thomas Jefferson Parsons (who wants to 
be Sheriff), did not go in with Kelly and 
Rainey solely to control the patronage of the 
Department and manipulate the politics of 
the town ; there was " dust," as Maurice says, 
in other things, and he was evidently " out " 
for it. 

* * * 

I do not wish to be severe on this quintette 
of knaves. They are now being vividly pre- 
sented to the public in their dirty habiliments, 
and that, perhaps, is sufficient for the present. 
But I sincerely trust the new Grand Jury will 
find some way to indict the whole pack, and 
send them to State Prison. If men are per- 
mitted to traffic in the lives and property of 
the people of San Francisco, as these men 
men have done in trying to " reorganize" the 
Fire Department, then we may as well throw 
up the sponge and emigrate. They have 
trumped up charges against firemen to get rid 
of them, with an utter disregard of the safety 
of the public. Nothing better could be 
expected of Rainey and Kelly, but the other 
three, for their participation in the conspiracy, 
ought, as my siluriau contemporary, the Bul- 
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The GUaVe 



A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL 



Issued Weekly from Office of Publication at San 
Francisco 

By COSGRAVE & HUME. 



San Francisco, January 30, 1892. 



POLITICAL PROMISES. 

Political promises are harder to keep than 
New Year's resolutions; and the men who 
make them perform more than the cook's 
part who constructs the indigestible pie 
crust. The fights for Senatorial place in Cal- 
ifornia show a long record of betrayed confi- 
dences, broken vows, and shameful defeats; of 
men without honor trading on the honor of 
their opponents; of politicians shaping cau- 
cuses for financial gain; of impoverished 
honesty falling by the power of the sack. 

The struggle for the seat of the late Sena- 
tor Hearst was characterized by some of that 
bitterness that in the past put the brand of a 
peculiar infamy on California's politicians. 
The usual charges of corruption — votes 
bought, paid for, and delivered — were made; 
the Waste Paper Basket c,ame to the front as 
a receptacle of evidence against those who 
had purchased the venal legislator; and in all 
things the contest was much the same as 
others had been. But if The Wave is not in 
error, the effects of the struggle for the place 
will have a more disastrous result for the 
Republican party than was thought possible. 
Mr. Felton gained the seat through a coalition 
with the adherents of Mr. De Young, on 
the plain understanding and express promise 
that when the next election came around the 
latter would have the influence of the junior 
Senator. This understanding has been repu- 
diated; the promise has been broken. Felton, 
through his friends, has stated that he made no 
trade with De Young; that his election was 
gained by his personal popularity and fitness 
for the position; and that he made no promise 
whatever to assist De Young either in the ap- 
proaching election or at any other time. Mr. 
Felton, however, did promise Mr. De Young 
his assistance; and if I am not misinformed the 
latter has verbal and documentary proof to 
that effect, which will be forthcoming when 
the Senator stands for re-election, as he says 
he will at the expiration of his short term. 

In the Chronicle it will be noticed that 
Felton has done nothing lately but answer 
roll-call in the Senate; De Young, appreciat- 
ing the Senator's change of position, has begun 
the contest. Felton's friends are now De 
Young's enemies, and it is probable that the 
Chronicle will see fit to oppose each and every 
one seeking office at the approaching election. 



The Chronicle is a vast power in politics, as 
was shown in the case of the candidate for 
administrator, whom it defeated when every 
man on the local ticket was elected by an 
immense majority. Should De Young deter- 
mine to make Felton's friends pay for their 
leader's treachery, the Republican ticket in 
California will be in a very bad wav next 
November. 



CANDIDATE OR PRESIDENT? 

The bluff that we have made against Chile 
has won, but as we are only twenty-one times 
bigger than the weak sister of the South, I 
looked for a more insulting message from Mr. 
Harrison. On second thought, I believe that 
it would be impossible for any one not a can- 
didate to write a more insolent or untruthful 
summary of the affair than the one the Pres- 
ident sent to Congress. The Chief Magis- 
trate has, I regret to say, resorted to an expe- 
dient that the worst jingo in the country 
would have shrank from. With the utmost 
care, and for what purpose may be imagined, 
Mr. Harrison concealed the fact that Chile 
had expressed regret for the deplorable acts of 
the Valparaiso hoodlums; about that time 
Mr. Blaine withdrew from the controversy, 
and the Great Secretary was no longer con- 
sulted by the Little President. I am of the 
opinion that Blaine thought Chile should not 
be baited, after the letter of regret had been 
forwarded; that time should be given for 
terms of reparation, and that the United 
States was big enough not to need to prove 
her strength by standing growling and teeth- 
showing at the little republic. 

The administration has not gained any- 
thing by the affair; and if the question " Why 
did Harrison conceal Chile's letter of regret?" 
is not asked during the coming campaign I 
am very much in error. For our citizens 
who thought there would be trouble with 
Chile I have the same respect that I would 
have for an Englishman who would say that 
under any circumstances Mr. Harrison would 
urge the declaration of war with Great 
Britain. 



The Street Committee of the Board of 
Supervisors has reported in favor of the con- 
struction of a new sewer system. Strangely 
enough, there are one or two good recom- 
mendations in the report, which leads me to 
believe that some one with intelligence must 
have associated himself with the Committee 
in preparing it. We need new sewers, and 
the matter of cost should not be taken into 
account in arguing the question. The Com- 
mittee asks that premiums of from $25,000 to 
$5000 be offered for the best plans and speci- 
fications for the system. What the work 
would cost is really a small item. What the 
.Supervisors will cost will be the chief expense. 
A non-orating Supervisor, an unfortunate mem- 
ber of the Board who has nothing but his 
vote to depend on, would not add much to the 
expense of new sewers; probably all he would 
get out of it would be $5000; the talking 



member, who charges for his speeches at 
campaign rates, would be entitled to, say, 
$10,000, which, at the regular tariff rates, is 
not too great. 

Then the ordinary City Hall gang would 
be entitled to their "draw down;" this 
would have to be something very handsome. 
The lump sum might not exceed $75,000. 
The extraordinary City Hall gang, Messrs. 
Crimmins and Kelley, of course, would have 
to be considered, and if they were not unusu- 
ally rapacious, $150,000 might cover their 
demands. Some of the newspapers would be 
glad to lend their assistance for a small 
amount, not more than they were to receive 
if the Parrott property were purchased for the 
Postoffice site; say $15,000 each, and may be 
$5000 for my crepuscular contemporary. I 
am quoting here bottom figures; but the cost 
of a new sewer system should not frighten 
the I taxpayers; they have been robbed to a 
merrier tune than this a dozen times, and will 
be again, whenever opportunity offers. 



The Sacramento Grand Jury has sur- 
prised even its respected step-father, Mr. 
Frank Rhoades. I am informed that about 
three per cent of the members are honest, five 
per cent are honest on compulsion, and one 
per cent will do what the majority tells him: 
the rest are of the ordinary Sacramento 
material, and are all there for what there is 
in it. John Stevens, the foreman, is alleged 
to be "square," but is slower than an oak's 
growth; Secretary Coons has at heart the 
interest of his constituency, which is com- 
posed almost entirely of himself. I doubt that 
the Jury will indict Klwood Bruuer, who has 
been clamoring so long for an investigation 
that he has convinced everyone of his guilt 
If it finds a true bill against him, there is no 
efficacy in the jingle of glittering gold. 

* * * 

It seems that Mr. Rhoades is not not now 
as big a man in Sacramento as he was some 
time ago; he is not taking that active interest 
in successful jobs for which he was so justly 
famous a few months back, and the people in 
the State Capitol have almost shown that they 
can get along very well without him. Of 
course, he is on the Grand Jury to protect the 
boodler in general and Bruner in particular; 
but as Steve Gage says, "The boys up there 
don't mean any tiling by the investigation; 
there's a whole lot of country jays on the jury; 
Somebody has shaken an anise-seed bag under 
their noses and they all think they are on a 
scent. They are as near Bruner as Markliain 
is to happiness." And then Stephen smiles, 
and when Mr. Gage does that he knows what 
it is for; Mr. Gage's smile is the most expen- 
sive in California. 

* * * 

TBS Stockton Independent says a "young 
man charged with murder, was taken to 
Tulare." What cruel judge sentenced a 
human being to that awful punishment? 



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THE WAVE. 



A LETTER ABOUT BOOKS. 

Dear Miss Matilda : — Your bete noire 
Gunther has delivered himself of a new book. 
Detesting his literary proclivities as heartily 
as you do, it will make the most delicious 
reading. It is so bad, so vulgar, so stupid. 
There is not a redeeming page, from the inside 
of one yellow cover to the outside of the other. 
The characters are the species of Society peo- 
ple one meets on Tehama Street, the inci- 
dents are almost as uninterestingly impossible 
as they are inadequately stated. About "Mr. 
Barnes of New York" there was a redeeming 
vitality, a certain sustained force. One could 
almost pardon its garishness because of its 
virility. 

Undoubtedly the production of "hand-me- 
down " fiction is a profitable form of industry, j 
but, as in the manufacture of overalls or shoes, 
it is desirable to use good material and careful 
workmanship, so it is necessary, in turning] 
out novels, to conform with the recognized 
sample. Some years ago, certain salmon- 
packers, anxious for large profits, put up an 
inferior article. The result was, their sales 
deteriorated, and their brand was noted as one 
to avoid. Speaking of Mr. Gunther's labors, 
one naturally falls into the use of mercantile 
illustrations. "A Florida Enchantment" 
cannot fail to injure the future output of this 
author. 

I believe you have already read " Peter 
Ibbetson," Du Maurier's first essay in fiction. 
Rather a weird kind of book, more autobiog- 
raphy than novel, evincing literary ability 
certainly, but slight constructive skill. The 
earlier passages, the descriptions of the life of 
Gogo and Mimsey at Passy, a suburb of 
Paris, the expeditions with Madame Seraskier 
and the dear old Major to St. Cloud and the 
Mare d'Auteuil are charming. The type the 
hero belongs to is a most ungrateful one to 
depict. For diffidence as pronounced as his, 
the world has but little sympathy. Consider- 
ing his chances, one gets out of patience with 
him. There were so many avenues of escape. 
I admit it is a new idea to use dreamland as 
Mr. Du Maurier has done, but however fasci- 
nating the region is, it is also unsubstantial. 
One objects to spending 200 pages there — 
equivalent in life to quite a span of years. It 
does seem to me that waking tragedies make 
infinitely better fiction material than sleeping 
ones. To become vigorously interested in the 
astral bodies of two beings, however devoted 
and lovely they happen to be, is rather too 
much exerlion. In these days sentiment is 
not appreciated save in English as good as 
Stevenson's, and even then, one is apt to turn 
up one's nose at the emotion. However 
agreeable the ghost of Peter Ibbetson may 
have found it traveling through picture gal- 
leries, attending concerts, and exchanging 
moral and artistic crititisms with that of his 
beloved Duchess of Towers, some of the 
captious among us would have preferred had 
he escaped from prison in propria persona and 
fled with that lady to the South Sea Islands. 

The last issue of the Unknown Library 
is an illustration of the clipped-climax theory 
of novel writing. The idea is that of appeal- 
ing to the imagination — presenting characters 
and conditions, and a mystery, then, ringing 
down the curtain without explanation. Noth- 
ing in the world is more interesting than an 
unrevealed secret. The inclination to specu- 
late over the probable solution of a set of cir- 
cumstances, however impossible, is irresistible. 
In comparison with "Through Red-litten 
Windows," Stockton's lady and tiger story- 
was lucid. The writer is Theodor Hertz- 
garten, and his ingredients are almost start- 
ling, viz.: an interesting youth, wandering 



alone in London, the most beautiful 
woman in the world who accosts him, the 
strange house where she leads him — the 
antique flagon full of pleasant unknown wine 
of which he drinks and goes to sleep — a 
dreadful scene enacted while he is under the 
hypnotic sway of the lovely unknown, the 
strange child he. has charge of living in the 
" red-litten " mansion. The advantages of this 
system are numerous, but hardly mutual. 
It is very much like examining a box of 
paints, and permitting one's imagination to 
body forth the wonderful combinations that 
might be made with colors. Have you ever 
considered the literary possibilities of a quick 
walk? Thinks of the chains of remarkable 
events that might be hinged round even an 
ordinary lamp-post. The " Old River House " 
concerns an impressionable musician and a 
lovely flirt, the musician's sister, his mother, 
and another fellow, who survives the musi- 
cian and his sister, and marries the flirt — 
at least it is probable he does. The writer is 
far too ardent a lover of the indefinite to com- 
mit himself on matrimony. He permits the 
reader with romantically domestic notions to 
perform the ceremony — if one is not gifted 
that way the possibilities of bachelordom 
and spinsterhood are open. Mr. Hettzgarten 
writes rather high-class English, but seems to 
lose himself in the mazes of his own vocabu- 
lary. Some of the descriptive work has a 
veritable poetic quality in it, and the story 
opens most effectively. It is something to 
paint the portrait of a beautiful woman so as 
to enable the cursory reader to realize her love- 
liness. In spite of all his passion for vague- 
ness, his apparent deep adhesion to the mys- 
tification method, I shall- be inclined to read 
the author's next book. 

The literary event of the week is the 
appearance of Ambrose Pierce's book "Tales 
of Soldiers and Civilians." Of this writer's 
art and style I have so often written 
that is impossible to add much more. Read- 
ing " A Horseman in the Sky," " The Affair 
at Coulter's Notch," " At Owl Creek Bridge," 
one cannot but be struck with the dramatic 
value of the situations, with the marvelous 
power and graphic force of the narrative. In 
the entire range of fiction there are few short 
stories that compare with these. There is 
genius in them. In the " Sieur de Malvoise's 
Door," in Markheim, and " Will o'the Mill," 
Stevenson is more subtle, finer, more sugges- 
tive. Kipling is more fertile, his painting 
freer and broader, his coloring more brilliant, 
but they have done nothing that excels in 
tragic power the description of the scene in 
the "Notch" where the Colonel rides in to 
order firing stopped, or the horror of that 
meeting in the cellar. It is as dreadful as 
Balzac's Grand Brcteche. Who will ever for- 
get Jerome Searing pinned to the ground by 
falling timbers, the muzzle of his gun pointed 
full at his forehead. To think of it makes one 
shudder. Or "Parker Adderson, Philosopher," 
whose cynicism disappears with the death 
sentence. Or " Haita the Shepherd," who 
falls in love with the beauteous maiden, 
" Happiness." 

One cannot but hope for this book the most 
favorable reception, and a large sale. It will 
certainly commend itself to all lovers of litera- 
ture — or, at least, those of them whose opin- 
ion is worth having. You might complete 
the week with some serious reading, and I am 
sure you could do no better than to read 
"Welis of English," by Isaac Fassett Choate, 
who will prove to you that the past masters 
in poetry and drama are worthy of more than 
passing notice. I will tell you, next week, 
about George Meredith's latest, "Magic 
Comedians." Oracle, K. B. 



BOOKS RECEIVED. 

"A Florida Enchantment," by Archibald Claver- 
ing Gunther. The Home Publishing Co. For sale 
by the San Francisco News Co. 

" Peter Ibbetson,'' by George du Maurier. Harper 
& Brothers, publishers. For sale by William Doxey. 

"Through Red-litten Windows," by Theodor 
Hertz-Garten. Cassell Publishing Co. For sale by 
William Doxey. 

"Tales of Soldiers and Civilians," by Ambrose 
Bierce. F. L. G. Steele, Publisher, San Francisco. 
For sale by all booksellers. 

"Current Literature," an Eclectic Magazine, by- 
Fred Somcrs. For sale everywhere. 

"Wells of English," by J. B. Choate. Roberts 
Brothers, Publishers. For Sale by A. M. Robertson. 




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THE WAVE. 



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MUSIC. 



OUR COMIC OPERA. 



As a standard of musical education comic 
opera takes equal rank with average brass 
bands and street fiddling. Flimsy as it is, it 
yet bears some resemblance to the original 
purpose of music, accurate expression of 
emotion through sound. The mass of the public 
probably knows the music of comic opera 
more than it does any other, and it has come 
to regard that style as the apex of musical 
beauty. Every public prefers what it knows; 
familiar burlesque operas attract, charm, and 
partially educate the ignorant, and on tbis 
last showing the music of comic opera de- 
serves every attention. Farce-comedy and 
vaudeville disseminate a kind of noise which 
it would be sinful to call music, doing positive 
harm to the cause of real music. As this 
vulgar farrago of mummery is one of the 
most successful forms of public entertainment, 
the rhythmic jingle associated with it vitiates 
taste and forms an independent standard. 
This concussion of sounds is the ground for 
the prevailing belief that music is nothing 
more than a more or less clearly-felt series of 
rhythms built upon given tones. Music 
being the closest, most faithful art medium for 
expressing emotion, if not a form of emotion 
itself, has no place with these creations set up 
to appease the passion for amusement. Grin- 
ning mummery is mostly the chief desidera- 
tum. Comic opera may not tally with realism 
or sincerity, but at least it gives good sign of 
taste and originality, and the hundred and 
one sweetish melodies sprung therefrom have 
art and fancy in their construction. 

Just now we have two temples dedicated 
to the olla-podrida of music and amusement, 
the Orpheum, and, like its prototype, the 
Tivoli, a poor which is always with us. 
Whether the division of the theatre-going 
public at these entertainments is beneficial to 
the pockets of the management or not, is an 
open question; the result of the competition is 
not amazing artistically. While the Tivoli 
retains the most competent of our orchestras, 
the Orpheum boasts a tenor who will not, 
like the similar article furnished at the other 
house, scare the most obstinate jays in the 
corn-fields, comedians, whose talents are well 
developed, |a soubrette with a winsome person- 
ality, and the talents of Emily Soldene. The 
chorus in both houses might have been indis- 
criminately resurrected as to shapes and sizes 
from the debris of a Bashi-Bazouk massacre 
in an Albanian village; some look happy and 
careless, while others storm in, cappy and hair- 
less. In neither house is it possible to say the 
chorus bears off the palm vocally; brimful of 
lungs and aspirates it is all that is to be ex 
pected for fifty cents an hour. Miss Tellula 
Evans and Miss Gracie Plaisted match well 
neither succeeds in being more dressy or 
shrieky. One is tempted to think the rival 
opera companies were expressly floated to keep 
these ladies apart. Had these vocalists torn 
the welkin in unison the audiences would have 
vanished, as did the individual to whom 
Brigham Young's wives offered their twenty- 
four hands and hearts, excusing himself with 
"This is too much, too many." 

"Erminie" after the reaction of immense 
popularity has still the flavor of the famil 
iarity breeding contempt, yet it compares 
favorably with " Bocaccio " also aged in 
esteem. " Erminie " music is attractive from 
every point which makes popularity, and had 
the libretto flashed into occasional aberrations 
of wit, its success would have become phe- 
nomenal. " Bocaccio," despite its libretto, is 



heavy and flat, the stories in being discreetly 
draped become insiped, it is a ragout which 
has not been seasoned with sufficiently pi- 
quant music. 

Comic opera is apparentyl a necessity, the 
public patronizes it untiringly, probably to 
the disadvantage of a more artistic type of 
performance. As we must have it, why 
should it not be well done? The demand 
made by this species of music upon singers 
players, to say the least, are hardly exacting. 
Small talents and astringent voices make the 
little musical quality in these operas less. As 
to voices, comic opera singers appear to be 
born with that organ worn and failing, and in 
general the principal quality of their singing 
and is an astounding ignorance of the functions 
of the voice itself. The fact that singing lias 
become a profession with them does not seem 
to necessitate any knowledge of the principles 
of that art; strong in the consciousness of an 
ability to shriek and shout, these people drift 
into a contented lethargy of thickest igno- 
rance, unbroken by any qualms of conscience. 
Evidently these singers took up the profession 
after the period of curiosity in the human 
brain was exhausted. The Tivoli is the 
Mecca of their choice, and for years its tenors 
have been a source ot perpetual chagrin to 
the sensitive. Supposing the Orpheum com- 
pany to have before it a lease of life, its pros- 
pects are better, the tenor, Henry Hallam 
sings respectably with a fair voice, and the 
company with a few exceptions does capable 
work. 




WORTHY OF EXAMINATION. 



hutterine is that made with the least milk. The mat- 
ter used in coloring is in no way injurious, and the 
best temperature to which the materials are sub- 
jected perfectly sterilizes them. 

" The idea is to educate the people up to using it." 

Hot rolls, waffles, biscuits, etc., are being prepared 
and served with Silver Churn New Process Butterine, 
at 657 Market Street, opposite Kearny, and house- 
keepers invited to call and sample. 



The interest that centered about Belvedere 
last year seems to be increasing, and this 
charming peninsula ha'- fulfilled the promise 
made of it: that it would be the most popular 
resort in the State. The number of people 
who go thither on week days and Sundays is 
very large, and many lots have been sold 
within the past month. The company has 
shown a disposition to treat all comers with 
equal politeness, and every effort is made for 
their comfort and convenience in examining 
the laud. It is not necessary to speak of the 
natural advantages of Belvedere, in whose 
praise poets have sung. Every train is met 
by 'busses, which convey intending purchasers 
all over the island, from whose pleasant drive- 
ways views of the most beautiful scenery on 
the Coast are gained. The large number of 
new houses in course of erection arc sufficient 
evidence of the fact that Belvedere has found 
favor in the eyes of the moneyed classes. 
A first-class hotel, operated under the patron- 
age of the company, is the latest addition to 
the comforts, and already a number of San 
Franciscans have taken up their residence 
under its hospitable roof. 



'SUPERIOR TO BUTTER. 



Dr. Howard E. Ames, of the U. S. Navy, in speak 
ing of the new food product, butterine, says: 

" I have recommended its use for the regular rations 
of the army and navy, and am satisfied that it will 
prove a better article of food than butter. It should 
be more generally used and not looked upon as an 
inferior article, and makeshift for butter, when in 
reality it is superior. 

"The nutritrious value is fully equal to that of but- 
ter; it is much cheaper, and when properly made, 
will remain sweet and fit for consumption much 
longer. 

" There is more fermentation or putrefactive change 
in milk than the other materials, and hence the best 



THE WINE THEY DRANK! 

No champage holds its merit and retains its popu- 
arity as does G. H. Mumm's Extra Dry. It seems as 
if no banquet were complete without this wine, to 
which connoisseurs give the palm. At the magnifi- 
cent banquet given by the Press Club to the Delegates 
of the International League of Press Clubs, Mumm's 
Extra Dry Champagne was selected as the best ; and 
the hosts on this occasion were not disappointed in 
its quality ; the delegates had been banqueted in 
every big city from New York to San Francisco, and 
they had found G. H. Mumm's Extra Dry Champagne 
leading in quality and consumption everywhere. The 
following will show how popular this wine is : 

Importations of champagne into the United States 
from July 1 to December 31, 1891, six months : 

G. H. Mumm & Co 36,685 cases 

Moet & Chandon 18,420 " 

Perrier Jouet 18,384 " 

Pommery 10,382 " 

Veuve Clicquot 9,702 " 

Dry Monopole 7p535 " 

L. Roederer 5>7o3 " 

Jones, Mundy & Co., 16 Front Street, San Fran- 
cisco, Pacific Coast Agents for "G. H. Mumm & Co.' 



PROMISED SALE OF PICTURES. 



I am informed that in the early spring, during the 
month of March, S. & G. Gump, the well-known art 
dealers, will offer their splendid collection of paint- 
ings lor sale. Theirs is certainly the finest art gallery 
in the country, enriched as it is by the best woiks of 
the masters of the Old World and the foremost 
painters in America. The Gumps .have been espe- 
cially fortunate in their purchases in the art centres 
of Europe, and have earned the thanks of picture- 
lovers in this State by their enterprise, iu importing 
the works bf the famous painters to the Coast. Over 
200 paintings will be offered for *ale, and in the 
meantime it will pay to take a walk through the gallery. 



THE VANE GODDESS. 



With apologies to New York "Truth." 

Poor tortured Goddess of the crescent bow! 
How sore must be your light fantastic toe! 
Turning this way and that, you pirouette 
In sunshine or in rain, in dry or wet, 
Surely there must be moments when you tire 
Of proving Division Chief Kirkam is a liar. 



EXCHANGE THOUGHTS. 



The San Bernardino Courier says : "Sherman says 
this term of office will end his political life. Guess 
Foraker wishes it had been ended several weeks 

ago." 

The Los Angeles Herald, referring to a matter of 
importance to British royalty, says: "The acute 
observer will not fail to detect in the sullenness 
of the despised coal miners of England the same 
estrangement that was shown by the peasantry 
of France for the noblesse just prior to the great 
revolution which swept away the throne and sent 
the privileged classes into exile or to the guil- 
lotine." 

The Oakland Tribune does not know much about 
the International League of Press Clubs, but it is 
authority on beer. It says: " A curious blunder 
appears in a picture on the front page of yesterday's 
Chronicle. The imaginative artist, in order, as he sup- 
posed, to give local color to a picture of a scene in 
Virginia City in i860, includes a sign ' Beer 5 cents.' 
We do not believe that beer could have beenbought 
for that price in i860, anywhere west of the Rocky 
Mountains, and certainly not in Nevada." 

First Pickpocket — How did you come outlast night 
at the Neighbob's ball ? 

Second Pickpocket — Nothing in it; the detective 
recognized me. 

First Pickpocket— Did he squeal ? 

Second Pickpocket — No; but I had to give up two- 
thirds. — New York Truth.. 



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TH E .WAVE. 



COLORLESS WOMEN. 



Individuality without eccentricity is rarely achieved 
by any woman, but is more frequent in the United 
States than in Kurope, because of our broader educa- 
tion and better developed characters. But personal 
magnetism, which is another name for individuality, 
is not wholly a matter of education. It savors of that 
quality which makes its possessor heaven-born and 
favored of the gods. Babies show this characteristic, 
and from the beginning to the end of life are favored 
in every way. Sometimes these born favorites have 
the rare good sense to cultivate any other talent they 
may possess, and in that case they have a compara- 
tively easy time reaching whatever height they may 
attempt, and in rare cases a genius also has this innate 
art of pleasing. 

Individuality, happily, is not a respecter of per- 
sons. It is distributed alike among men and women, 
and there never was a great Society favorite or actress 
who did not have this quality. In many cases beauty 
is coupled with it, and then the claims of its fortunate 
possessor are well nigh irresistible. A notable 
instance on the stage was Adelaide Neilsou. Who 
that has ever seen her as Juliette would ever want 
to see another woman play the role. If you 
analyze the effect she produced, it was her splendid 
personality, her beauty, and her intelligent reading 
of the lines. Nature did not make ,her an actress. 
Her art was acquired, and how fortunate for her that 
she had the rare good sense to study hard and strive 
for excellence. Lillian Russell is an equally beauti- 
ful woman, but she is deficient in that inner beauty 
which makes itself felt, nor has she the common 
sense which balanced Neilsou. History is full of 
instances where women did great good or great harm 
through their strong individuality, but there never 
was a woman who amounted to anything in any line 
who was one of those colorless beings which make 
up the grand army of the commonplace. Chance 
has thrown many of these women into high places, 
but they always fail lamentably, and the Mrs. 
Grundvs all over the world invariably belong to this 
class. 

Not only do they fail miserably in everything they 
undertake, but they are the only women who need 
to carp and find fault with their neighbors. They are 
too indolent and petty to do anything themselves, 
and too ill-natured and mean to nllow any one else to 
do it for them, and so they spend their da^s in hope- 
less mediocrity, finding fault with themselves and 
everybody else. 

Another large class are the women whose bane is 
the lack of beauty; who are critics but not creators; 
who look into their mirrors and candidly confess their 
lack of symmetrical features or figure, and because 
of this lack sit down and blame Providence for what- 
ever failure or disappointment has come into their 
lives. In too many cases apathy and stupidity settles 
down over them like a pall and they never rise above 
it. I always feel like shaking a woman who volun- 
tarily wastes her opportunities in this manner. Be- 
cause she did not happen to be blonde instead of 
brunette, or short instead of tall must she be a non- 
entity ? If she has no accomplishments must she 
be the sworn enemy of any and every woman who 
has ? 

What shall the commonplaces do? Individualize. 
One of the ugliest women I have ever seen was one 
of the most stylish and attractive. Her face was 
without a single good point. She had large hands 
and feet, and she was on the shady side of thirty. Her 
good points were a graceful carriage and good figure 
and pretty manners. She was not over blest in this 
world's goods but she knew how to dress. When she 
entered a room and was presented to strangers she 
had a fashion of drawing attention to her method of 
seating herself, and instead of looking at her face her 
visitor was charmed with her waist and body, which 
somehow seemed to fit her chair. Her pose was grace- 
fid and easy, but it was, nevertheless, a studied pose, 
and her soft voice and well-chosen words was all 
that she required to produce a favorable impression 
upon the most critical. Another worldly-wise woman 
of my acquaintance makes the use of her hands a 
fine art. They are beautiful hands and she knows 
how to draw attention to that fact. She is so adroit 
about it that no man would ever suspect her of art. 
He would simply know that after she had shaken 
hands with him in her soft, caressing fashion that he 
liked her, and believed her when she told him that 
his visit was a delight to her. If you asked him 
about her complexion he would tell you that he did 
not look at her face, but he would be apt to add in all 
innocence, that she had pretty, white hands. 

If a woman has no good points physically, then she 
must cultivate the mental, and first and foremost is 
tact. If she cannot talk well she can listen, and if 
she knows how to use a pair of fine eyes, she can 
make her auditor believe that she agrees with him 
and is highly entertained and interested without say- 
ing m*ch ot anything. The very manner itself may 



be a caress or a blow, and there are few women who 
can afford to have a hateful manner. Many of them 
do it, but it don't pay in more ways than one. The 
right, to veto, and the habit of cutting people is one 
very largely employed by the commonplace. Superior 
men and women are liberal minded, aud the truly 
virtuous and righteous are slow to see harm. Well- 
bred people take no note of slander unless it finds an 
airing in the courts or in some way becomes notorious. 
As long as it is not proven, they give their acquaint- 
ances the benefit of a doubt, and in the case of friends 
assume their innocence as long as possible. 

The knack of saying pretty things about people and 
things is one of the acquired arts of magnetism, and 
if there is a thread of sincerity about it all, there is 
no surer way of pleasing. To be appreciative is 
another good point in mental attractiveness, and one 
can be adored by the young and timid by simply 
seeing and acknowledging their efforts. Man always 
likes to be a discoverer, aud sometimes he likes to be 
discovered. If it is his whim to conceal a trait or 
accomplishment, and wait to have some woman 
bring this out, she is wise who treats the fiction as a 
bona fide discovery, provided always thatsjuie other 
woman in the company has not done the same thing. 

To not do the same thing; that is the rub. Be 
individual. If you cannot do anything except to 
peel an orange and serve it, do it differently, so that 
your visitor will remember your dainty method, and 
will enjoy that much more than the orange itself. If 
nature has not endowed you with beauty or brilliancy, 
then become appreciative, look and listen well, make 
a point of being agreeable in an individual way, 
carry it out in every detail of your life as far as prac- 
tical, aud my word for it you will soon be divorced 
from the unloving and unlovable commonplaces. 

Frona Eunice Wait. 



LAWN TENNIS. 



The Alameda County championship was 
decided at the courts of the Alameda Tenuis 
Club on Saturday last before a large and 
appreciative audience. 

C. D. Bates and S. Neel, better known as 
the Pony team, were in* the finals, and a bet- 
ter exhibition of tennis has seldom been seen 
on the courts. 

Previous to the match the Oaklanders con- 
ceded the championship to S. Neel, whom 
they thought played a more steady game than 
Bates. In this case, however, the}- were bitterly 
disappointed, as the latter played remarkably 
well and won a victory that surprised every- 
one present by a sco:e of three sets to one. 

It was regretted that Hubbard was not 
against Bates, as the latter's friends were of 
the opinion that the East Oaklander would 
give the Lakeside man a close net. A match 
between the two would create a great deal of 
interest, and is a possibility ot the future. 
Bates is anxious to play Hubbard, and is con- 
fident of playing him closer now than when 
he was defeated by him some time ago at 
Alameda. 

The members of the California Tennis Club 
are practicing hard for the Members' Single 
Championship Tournament which takes place 
on February 22d. A great many new players 
will be seen in this event, aud a great many 
surprises are looked for. Hubbard, the pres- 
ent holder of the championship trophy, prac- 
tices every- day, aud unless Champion Taylor 
enters this time, a second victory will teward 
the Oaklander. 

The ladies of the California Club are at the 
courts every morning in numbers, and some 
really clever players are developing. 

Miss Susie Morgan practices occasionally 
and is still the best player among the fair 
racket wielders of the club. Miss Masou, 
the Misses Dimond, the Misses Goad, Miss 
Holbrook, Miss Lockwood, and a number of 
other lady players are all good players, and 
a club tournament for ladies only would greatly 
benefit their game. 

February 6th is the date decided upon for 
the finish of the postponed match between 
Bates and Neel, East Oakland, and Tobin and 
\V. H. Taylor, Jr., California Club, for the 



League championship. The contest now stands 
two sets all, and when called on account of 
darkness, two weeks ago, the games in the 
deciding set were ten all. Instead of starting off 
at ten all, according to rules the players, by 
mutual consent, have decided to play a new 
set, thus giving the spectat >rs a chance of 
witnessing at least six games, whereas if they 
played from ten all they might finish in two 
games. 

The Oakland team are practicing hard for 
this match, Professor Daily and Carr Neel 
oppose them in practice, but are rarely able to 
secure a set from the youngsters. 

Tobin and Taylor are not idle as they are 
determined to win the pennant, the fact of 
their tying the score after the Oaklanders 
were five, two, in the lead has given them 
unlimited confidence. The Oakland team, on 
the other hand, have a reputation of starting 
off with a rush and it may be that they will 
gain a lead that will be impossible to over- 
come. 

A close and exciting match is expected. 

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■3 



A MIDDLETOWN ELOPE- 
MENT. 

BY HENRY BIGHLOW. 

The weather was very frosty just after the Thanks- 
giving Da)- ball, and Mrs. Durbin had risen from 
the warm bed where her spouse was sleeping the hot 
sleep of the fat, to see if her daughter Carrie was 
sufficiently covered up. Carrie had attended the 
ball the night before last, and had feared she might 
catch the grippe, but Mrs. Durbin was a careful 
mother, and was bound she shouldn't. 

As she removed one of the heavy blankets piled 
on her fat spouse's side of the bed, she remarked : 

" You kin spare them bedclothes heap better than 
Carrie can. She's onlv seventeen year old. and ain't 
got all the fat over her chest you got, Henry Clay 
Durbin. " 

Henry Clay Durbin only grunted and whirled the 
bedclothes all over himself, as he floundered and 
wallowed to the warm nest his wife had just for- 
saken. 

" That's right, you old hog ! " she exclaimed, 
holding the caudle over him, " if I had my knee on 
that sheet you couldn't spoil them bedclothes like 
that. The way you tear round in your sleep one 
would think you was John the Baptist, rushin' 
through the wilderness ! " 

Then good Mrs. Durbin gathered up her big top 
blanket and walked over across past the room of her 
son, Stephen Douglas Durbin, to the little chamber 
wherein pretty little Carrie, her youngest, red- 
cheeked daughter slept. 

She opened the door, and putting the candle on 
the rough bureau, with its two or three photographs, 
and its four or five dusty ribbons, lifted up the 
blanket and spread it, as she would a tablecloth, over 
the virgin bed. 

" It's might}' cold in here, hain't it, Carrie ?" she 
added. 

She had not meant to wake Carrie up, but the 
loneliness of a cold night was tempting, and she 
loved to talk to such an attractive creature as was 
Carrie, and realize that she was the last and prettiest 
of all her daughter. Then, too, the other daughters 
were married otf and Carrie was the only gossip left 
her. 

"Say, Carrie, be sociable an' talk to yo' old maw." 

But the big blanket fell flat across the narrow bed, 
and Mrs. Durbin caught up the candle and held it 
above her head. She saw a crushed pillow, then she 
thrust her brawny arm under the bedclothes. 

" It's warm! " she said, "she must be somewhere 
round." Next her eyes fell upou a tiuy nightgown, 
and it was warm, too. This staggered her, and she 
turned fiercely toward the open window and glanced 
down the slanting kitchen roof, toward the white, 
frosty ground. 

" Paw will kill him if he knows it," she muttered, 
"and so '11 Stephen — Stephen ain't got no more 
patience than paw has; I s'pose I got to tell paw, but 
I ain't goin' to rouse .Steve, 'cause Steve's too young 
to begin shootin'! " 

Then the good lady marched back hurriedly to 
where her lord lay, and, giving him a punch in the 
neck, exclaimed in virile tones: 

" Wake up, thar, Henry Clay, yo' daughter Carrie 
has gone off with Buchanan Carr. I felt her night- 
gown an' it's warm still, so you can catch her if you 
rouse youelf. Rut you got to work quick! " 

Henry Clay Durbin fell out of bed, aud put on his 
boots and some of his clothes. 

" Did you see 'em go?" he asked, breathing hard 
over his effort? to dress quickly. 

"No, but I know it's Buchanan Carr, 'cause we 
said we wouldn't let Carrie have him till he got his 
paw to do something fer him. An' I just guessed 
right off when Carrie went off to that dance with 
Cness Sproull and came back with Buchanan Carr 
that there was going to be trouble. Now, you just 
hurry if you want to stop lots of trouble. There's no 
knowing what'll happen if yo' don't make haste." 

Da bin jumped down the narrow stairs into the 
kitchen and lit the lantern. Then he hurried to the 
bjru, and saddled a horse so rapidly that he left the 
cinch loose. Throwing himself across the saddle, he 
felt for his six-shooter, and unloosing the gate that 
led into the road toward Middletown, galloped at 
headlong speed, swaying with the loose saddle reck- 
lessly from side to side. 

It was three miles to town, and he didn't exactly 
know what he was going to do when he got there, ex- 
cept that there was the vague chance of apprehending 
his daughter in that vicinity. 

There was a jingle of coins in his right trousers' 
pocket as he jounced along, and he was reminded of 
the fact that he had received $150 from a commission 
merchant in San Francisco on account for his autumn 
wool, and that he must pay the interest on the Reif- 
ferih ranch next week. 

Half an hour or so over the frosty puddles brought 
in sight the lights of Middletown, and the turn of the 



road, across the bridge, and down the lane carried the 
old man into the main street to the brick hotel. 

It was natural that he should descend here, where the 
flash of lights through the heavy glass doors, and the 
sound of reveling voices suggested information of 
every sort. So, throwing his bridle carelessly over 
a hitching post, he ambled up to the door, opened it, 
and found himself inside the big square barroom, where 
the iron stove glared like a great, fat demon, anil a card 
game flaunted itself in the corner, in opposition to a 
game of pin-pool on the uncertain table in the middle. 

An ancient, white-bearded man waved a cue aloft as 
the ball crashed through the bits of wood in the centre 
ring, and cried "Ramps! Didn't I tell you, kids, 
1 knew this game 'fore your fathers got married ? I'd 
like to see any of you kids that think you're smart 
try an' do that like this old man — this old Jefferson 
Carr ! " 

And, in this exultation, he brought the cue down 
with a sounding thwack upon the table, sending the 
pool-pins flying about the room. 

A scrawny hand was placed upon his shoulder 
rather roughly, and he turned slowly round — a little 
sobered by the insolence of the grip. He gazed up 
into the red, bleary eyes before him, and exclaimed 
with some surprise: 

"Say, Clay Durbin, what you doing down here, 
anyways ? Is your womau got crazy all of a sudden?" 

"That all all right 'bout my woman; it's my darter 
I'm lookin' after, 'cause she's gone off with yo' 
Buchanan, aud is gettin' married somewhars. " 

"No, she ain't ! " retorted Carr roughly, " my boy 
Buck's got too much sense to fool round a ranch 
where there ain't but just enough to go round any- 
how, and me and my woman we told him just to keep 
away from that Durbin girl." 

"He knew he'd net shot if he ever came round," 
responded Durbin, eyeing a steaming rum punch that 
was being concocted at the bar, and then, as the 
sight overpowered him, he added, "Say, Jefferson, 
jes' yo' shet yo' head an' hev' a drink." 

" That goes." 

"What'll it be?" 

"Jes' one of them ol' soft toddies." 
"That hits me." 

" Say, yo' ol' fool, whar do yo' s'pose my darter an' 
Buchanan's gone to? They've gone off somewhars, 
and my womau she's jes' crazy." 

"Well, now, I guess you and she's jumping at con- 
clusions too quick, 'cause I happen to know she and 
my gal Rachel's gone across the creek to stop with 
the Dalton gals aud go to the dance to-morrow night. 
Buchanan — why he's in town to-night, just whoop- 
ing it up, and having a good time while he's young. 
Well, here goes for luck." 

The drinks were down and the two old men 
sauntered in a friendly fashiou over to the table 
where a game of cards was ir progres. It was stud 
poker, and iu the game were a number of young fel- 
lows from the quicksilver mines, and three or four 
from the Gebhardt ranch. 

" You'd like to get in that game if you weren't 
scared of your woman," said Carr to Durbin, with a 
vicious grin aud gleaming eyes. The deal was just 
going round for the fifth time, and the two old men 
gazed at each other with glistening eyes. 

" Say, Clay Durbin, I got two hundred iu my pocket 
to send down to 'Frisco to morrow, but I dasn't use 
it," whispered Carr, stroking • his white beard 
nervously. 

" Humph !" rejoined Durbin, " I got a hundred and 
fifty with me to pay off interest on that Reifferth 
ranch to-morrow, but my womau, why she'd get the 
mizzables ef I did't find that gal Carrie." 

At this moment the inside door leading from the 
main part of the hotel was flung open, and in walked 
Buchanan Carr himself accompanied by Judge I'etrie. 

" Didn't I tell you ! " cried old man Carr triumph- 
antly. "There's Buck. Why, I told you he was 
fooling round town here." 

"Then it's all right,'' murmured Durbin asking 
them all over to drink. 

"Well," said Buchanan slapping his aged parent 
on the back, " how's things coining, old man ? Have 
a drink with me ! " 

The four ranged themselves instinctively along the 
bar and watched the concoction of the hot drink as it 
steamed each floating bit of lime. 

"Look here, old man," said Buchanan turning to 
his parent, " I sold my colt to the Judge to-night." 

" What for did you be so foolish. Buchanan," said 
his father with a vexed look. 

"Oh, the Judge, he got stuck 011 her. You see I 
had him out pleasure riding in the wagon, just to see 
how she'd go, aud she went to beat all thunder, and 
the Judge, he went me twenty-five better, and got her 
for a hundred aud seventy-five." 

"Say, Buchanan," exclaimed his old father, appre- 
hensively, "you ain't got all that money round with 
you in town! " 

" You bet your life I have, and I'll play you for it ! " 

"Now, look here, Buchauan, don't you get reck- 
less, but just let me take care of it for you." 

"Oh, I'm dead on to your care — but I raised this 



colt myself, aud I ain't going to be played for a sucker 
like you played me last time! " 

"Buchanan! Buchanan!" moaned the old man. 
reproachfully, " you know I only took it as a loan." 

" Well, now, me aud the Judge here, we'll play you 
for the pile — just see if you're game ! You're always 
talking about your sporting blood. I don't think 
you've got any style about you, anyhow." 

As Buchauan Carr and the Judge walked arm in 
arm over toward the poker table, old man Carr clasped 
Durbin about the arm with both hands and cried: 

" Say, Durbin, me and you have got to get that 
money somehow. He'll lose it if he stays with that 
there Judge. Why, I've known that there Judge to 
postpone Court and play with the jury till he'd got 
every dollar they had or was going to have for the 
case, beside all the lawyers' fees. Say, Clay Durbin, 
you and me's got to get him into our game, and win 
his money. You and me; why, we'll just cross raise 
him and the Judge till they're plum sick. Then we'll 
give 'em five dollars so they won't go off dis-atisfied." 

"Now, I don't know 'bout thet," answered Durbin. 
nervously feeling of his seven twenty dollar gold 
pieces and the lone ten; "I don't know 'bout thet. 
Jefferson. My woman, she'd take on ef I was to play 
cards, and mebbe she'd keep me from town." 

" Not if I divide on this here Buchanan's pile. You 
bet she'll just be proud of you! Come along, here goes 
— say there, Buck, us two old men, me and Clay Durbin 
here, we're going to give you a show for your money. 
Come ahead, over in this here corner, and see what 
you cau do." 

Buchanan and the Judge turned about with alac- 
rity, and wire in the thick of the fray in a few 
moments. It was regular poker, and the limit was 
five dollars, just like the more reckless game across 
the room. In the first round Durbin came out with 
twelve dollars ahead, and he winked uproariously at 
old man Carr, and ordered drinks for the party. He 
felt that he was getting into the reckless Buchauan in 
great shape. Iu the following deal Judge Petrie stayed 
out, and old man Carr won two dollars from his son 
and seven from Durbin, which caused him to wink 
back at Durbin as if for encouragement in the good 
work iu which they were engaged. 

"You got the 'brick,' Judge," said old man Carr, 
" and it's a jack-pot." 

"Sure," said the Judge absently, as if half asleep. 

" Give us more drink," shouted Durbin winking 
at old man Carr again with a significant glance at 
the Judge's condition. 

In the deal Buchanan opened the pot on a pair, and 
chipped in the limit. 

Old man Carr glanced at his hand with enthusiastic 
surprise, for he recognized a pair of kings and a pair 
of tens. Then he raised his son five dollars, and 
tried to assume a polite indifference. 

The ancient Durbin came next aud he was equally 
brash, for he had a bob-tail flush in hearts. He 
raised his silent partner effusively, aud in turn was 
raised by the Judge, who said he didn't want auy 
cards, but would go the limit better. 

"Well, see here," cried Buck, "what kind of' a 
game's this ? I'm afraid you and that old Durbin's 
been stackin' the deck." 

" You just keep quiet and saw wood," said his 
parent reprovingly, as the Judge dealt three cards to 
Buchanan, one card to his father, another to Durbin 
and stood pat himself. 

"The opener's got to ante ! " exclaimed Durbin 
excitedly, for he had his heart. 

" Five dollars," said Buchanan Carr, scanuing his 
cards. 

"And five better," retorted his father. 

"And five better !" exclaimed Durbin, trying to 
suppress his excitement over the flush. 

The Judge increased the pot by ten, and Buchanan 
raised him, at which old Carr laid down his two pair 
with a sigh, and looked wistfully at the joyous senil- 
ity of Durbin. Round the table the betting went four 
times, and then five. The Judge clung on with amaz- 
ing tenacity, and so did Buchanan. Durbin's eyes 
were like beads, and his only desire iu life seemed to 
be that he should suppress any too exultant a condi- 
tion of his emotions. He had one hundred and five 
dollars on the board now, and presently he realized 
that there was one hundred and fifty before him that 
had all come from his own pocket. 

" Say, kin I borrow from yo', paw?" he asked, fur- 
tively. 

"That ain't exactly under the conditions," replied 
Buchanan. 

"Why, of course you cau I" spoke up the Judge 
with asperity; " as I understand it, we're playing with 
friends." 

" Go ahead, help yourself," put in old Carr, shov- 
ing his pile toward Durbin, and digging for more. 

Seven more rounds of raising followed, and the 
Judge dropped out with a groan, remarking that he 
was laying down a straight. This excited Durbin so 
greatly that he borrowed the last dollar old Carr had, 
and called down the obstinate Buchanan, who ill 
response showed four sevens with an ace behind. 

Durbin gazed at his heart flush as if in a trance 
and then, conseioua that the fierce eyes of old Cart 



1 4 



THE WAVE. 



were leveled at him, he slowly lowered his own eyes 
to better stand the terrible reproach: 

" So you go and put up every cent we had on that 
old flush, would you ? You ought to get indicted by 
the next Grand Jury, you ought! But I'll ste yon 
pay back the money you stole from me, making me 
think I was lending on four aces! Here, you just 
take thif chair over your cursed head, will you! " 

And the infuriated old man raised his chair to dash 
it over the brow of his horror-stricken companion. 

The heavy hand of the Judge wrenched the chair 
from the old man, and the latter sank down in it, 
shaking with sobs from the terrible strain. 

Durbin pulled at his white lace beard with nervous 
jerks, and stared into space like a man suffering from 
paralysis. 

"Say, Buchanan, just lend me half that! You can 
spare it! Why you cleared up more than (600 there. 
Just lend me half. Only think what your mother'll 
say if I don't go home with it. Say, now, Buck, 
dor^'t break up your family like that. Say, Judge, 
just interfere, will you, for God's sake, and make 
Muck do the square thing to his family! " whined old 
Carr piteously. 

" Say, Judge," said Buchanan, "there's your pile 
out of this," pushing over $300. "That's a hundred 
for your fee. I guess you don't get that every day 
for your fee when you marry folks. Well, good night 
old man, I got to go upstairs aud see how that little 
wife of mine's getting along. I guess she must be 
tired of waiting." 

"-Your wife, Bhchanan! " gasped old Carr, " what 
do you mean." 

".Oh, meandCirrie Dorbin, we got tired of waiting 
so Judge Petrie, here, just married us out on the road 
to-night, and we are going on the stage to 'Frisco in 
the morning, and what I got off you and that other 
old fool over there will just pay for ten days' honey- 
moon. Good night." 

********* 

" Clay Durbin," murmured old man Carr feebly, as 
the two patriarchs wandered out in the cold gray of 
morning to find their horses, "Clay, I guess I'll go 
over to your house and stop a week." 

"I'm thinkin' I'll jes* rob a stage," sighed Durbin, 
trying to mount his horse, and then added iu anguish' 
" I wish you an' my woman, and yo' son Buck, and 
yo' hull crowd was with the Devil whar yo' belong." 

And the ancient man shook his beard and moved 
on, prepared to meet the worst. 



A STROKE OF ENTERPRISE 

HOW ' ' DRIFTED SNOW FLOUR " IS BROUGHT 
TO PEOPLE'S ATTENTION. 



To the making of books and getting up of 
advertising schemes there is no end. What 
the business man wants is to attract attention 
to his wares, to have the people understand 
that he has something to sell; and then if the 
goods are worth buying there is no trouble in 
finding purchasers. C. L. Dingley, Jr., 
Manager of the Central Milling Company, has 
discovered a plan to call attention to the 
splendid product of his mill, " Drifted Snow 
Flour." He has had made a large delivery 
wagon, painted pure white, and kept as clean 
and bright as the packages in which the flour 
is placed; drawing the attention-attracting 
vehicle are four black-as-Erebus horses, the 
finest to be had in the State. The wonderful 
contrast of wagon and animals attracts the 
eyes of all, and then the rest is easy, as Mr. 
Dingley takes good care that no one will miss 
noticing the fact that " Drifted Snow Flour " 
is really the best in the market. As every- 
one knows, the introduction of a staple is a 
hard matter; people get accustomed to using 
one thing or another, and when they do it is 
not easy to make them take something else. 
It is only when the substitute is found to be 
much superior to the old article that a change 
is made, and this is the reason why Mr. 
Dingley has wou for " Drifted Snow Flour" 
consumers in all parts of the State. 

The four black horses that have attracted 
so much attention were not easily found; they 
are roadsters of the best breed, and Califor- 
nia was scoured for them. Aside from the 
excellent advertisement that they prove for 
the Central Milling Company, the equines are 



very valuable, and, as a team, are the finest 
in the city. When they appear on the streets 
the people stop to look at them, and the 
ubiquitous reporter hunts for pencil and paper 
as he sees the " item " of the day passing. 
There is always a crowd following the turnout 
and not a few people make the remark: 
" That's the flour I use: I gave it a trial, and 
have kept on trying it until I find I can't get 
along without it." Drifted Snow Flour has 
made itself popular with families, hotels, and 
restaurants; and those who have tried it, say 
"They can't get along without it." 



THE QUESTION OK TIPPING THE WAITER. 



" Tipping " is a relic of the age that ante- 
dates steamboats and telegraph lines, when 
priest and laymen, lord and commoner paid 
blackmail to the robbers for immunity from 
depredation and dragon nade. It has grown 
to be an iniquitous system, that compels a 
man to pay as much for having his meal 
served as the meal costs. The restauranteur 
who appreciates the amount of custom he 
loses by the system, and is wise enough to 
forbid it and strong enough to enforce his veto, 
is entitled to the thanks of that vast army of 
people that does not live "at home." Prob- 
ably in all of San Francisco, Johnson's 
restaurant, 28 Montgomery Street, is the only 
place where one is not required to pay a 
double price for a meal; there "tipping" is 
not allowed under any circumstances. The 
proprietor pays his employes full wages; he 
gives the very best the market affords: 
charges a reasonable price, and exp:cts peo- 
ple who have been to his restaurant once to 
return. The result of his experiment in for- 
bidding feeing justifies it; customers are 
assured of good attendance, first-class service, 
and no favoritism. The splendid facilities 
Johnson has for catering to the gastronomic 
wants of San Francisco epicures are not 
excelled by any restauranteur in the city. 
His place is commodious, seating 104 people; 
there are 27 tables; for parties, tele-h-letcs, and 
individuals. The furnishings are superior to 
any iu the city; the silver service was spec- 
ially made for him; the dishes are decorated 
China, from which it is a pleasure to eat: the 
lighting is by electricity; solid oak is the base 
of the furniture; and the walls are covered by- 
French plate mirrors. An excellent feature 
is the elegant room for ladies, and to John- 
son's a lady can go alone at any hour without 
escort and be assured of good service and 
thorough respectability. 



LOTTIE. 

" Oh, Lottie is fair as the morning. 
And Lottie is bright as the sun; 
Her cheeks have the flush of the dawning. 
Her eyes dance with frolic and fun. 

" She fills all the day with her chatter. 
With laughter the pauses between, 
Aud care to the four winds doth scatter — 
For Lottie is merry sixteen." 

But what if Miss Lottie is pretty ? 

And what though Miss Lottie is bright ? 
Aud what though she really be witty, 

Or merry from morning till night? 

What good does it do me to know it; 

Though her presence make summer or fall ? 
For my brother, alas, is her poet, 

And I've never seen her at all. 

— fames G. Burnett, in X. V. Truth. 



The Sonoma Democrat calls attention to a fact of 
some moment : " The President is aching for a row 
with Chile. Mr. Blaine has dropped jingoism and 
his presidential rival has picked it up." 



BENEATH THE CLOTH. 



A NEW VEAR DINNER EPISODB. 



There was no use denying what was beyond the 
peradventure of a doubt, a fact. The mere touch of 
it with my gaitered foot did send a thrill through 
me. Perhaps my leg was extended a trifle farther be- 
neath the table than it should have been; but I had 
been walking a good deal during the day, and when I 
stretched myself at that New Year's dinner it was 
solely with the thought and object of personal rest. 

I had finished my soup and my fish and was well 
on with an entrt'e when I became aware that some- 
body's else foot was iu very close juxtaposition with 
my own. 

For the first time since I had sat down I glanced 
across the table. The middle-aged lady whom I had 
taken iu to dinner had been so delightfully entertain- 
ing that I had paid little or no attention to anyone 
else. When I was thus suddenly called to a realiza- 
tion of the presence of other people, the occupancy 
of the seat opposite to me by a beautiful pink and 
white creature in all the enticing flush of a deliciously 
inexperienced maidenhood rather tended to throw 
me off my balance. 

My vis-a-vis certainly was very fair to look at, and 
I detected, moreover, in the corner of her brown eye, 
a roguish playfulness and devil-may-careishness of ex- 
pression that encouraged me to a flirtation beneath 
the cloth. Bringing my other foot up as a reinforce- 
ment, I succeeded ere long in getting the tiny 
slipppered extremity of my opposite neighbor be- 
tween my own two feet, and from that moment uutit 
the hostess gave the sigual for the ladies to follow her 
to the drawing-room I held it fast, and caressed it 
every now and then with a more or less ardent gaiter- 
masked squeeze. 

The telegraphy thus instituted and carried on 
under the table was seconded, it seemed to me, across 
the cut glass bowl of flowers that stood before me, 
and, though I spoke never a word to the beautiful 
creature that faced me, I felt satisfied that a secret 
bond of sympathy had been established that would 
stand almost any test to which I might afterward 
wish to put it. 

Under the circumstances you cannot, I fancy, 
blame me if I was a trifle anxious to make away with 
the nuts and the wiue and to join the ladies. 

It seemed to me that the moment when we should 
be enabled to desert that glaring white table cloth 
and its half-vacated chairs, would never come. When 
it really did arrive my heart]was beating energetically, 
and it was what I considered one of the greatest efforts 
of my life to break through the drawing-room crowd 
and make my way to the side of my beautiful 
charmer. 

"A deligthful dinner, was it not?" I said address- 
ing her plump neck, in my failure to raise my gaze to 

her eves. 

"Lovely !"she replied, laconically, and I gathered 
a veritable bushel of meaning from her one word. 

"You enjoyed it all!" I queried; and my accent 
was very decidedly on the last word. 

"All," she responded, with a smile. " You sat 
opposite to me, did you not ? " 

1 flushed with a consciousness that my conquest 
was complete. 

"I had that pleasure," I replied, and I said it in 
such a way that there was no mistaking my meaning. 

"So I thought," she said. 

There was the same mischievous twinkle in her 
eye that I had noticed at table. 

" Ah ! " I said to myself, " I have won a prize here 
quite unexpectedly." 

" Yes, " she went on, "the gentleman on my right 
called my attention to you." That was not so encourag- 
ing. " He said you evidently were on to it ! " 

"What! " I exclaimed. 

"He said," she repeated, "that you evidently 
noticed how that old maid on your right was making 
a dead set at him." 

" I'm sure — " I mumbled, " I — " 

" O, you needn't try to pretend," she rattled on, 
" I saw, myself, that you had discovered it." 

" Discovered what ? " I almost shouted. 

" Why, discovered," she answered, "that the dear 
old thing was trying to win him away from me. She 
actually caught one of his feet between both of hers 
and squeezed it, unmercifully, throughout the entire 
dinner." 

My flirtations have since been conducted above 
board. — 1'r.vn Topics. 



The San Pieman appreciates good advertising : 
"San Diego was fortunate in securiug a visit from 
the International League of Press Clubs, fortunate in 
the entertainment she provided for them, fortunate 
in their thorough enjoyment of the same, and will 
doubtless be fortunate iu receiving many kind notices 
from the strong, vigorous and intelligent writers 
who make up its membership." 



THE WAVE. 



Deposits Eeceived inSums from $1,00 upwards. 



THE MUMMERS. 




y^^JV v CALIFORNIA. ' 

Pacific Bank, Treasurer. 



Capital Stock. 



$1,000,000.00 



Paid up in Cash SS3S.883.38 

Subject to Call OOO.OGtt. «7 

Interest per annum 1 5.53% TERM Deposits. (A) 
for last two .vein s : }4.©t>% ORI>lX AKY-Deposits 
IXTEBEST is credited twice a year, and if not with- 
drawn bears interest the same as the principal, thus com- 
pounding semi-annually. 

Children and Married Women may deposit 
money subject to their own control. 
It. O. Carr, Columbns Waterlian.se, 

Manager and Sec'ty. President. 

San Francisco. California. July 1, 1891. 



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"SPORT m'alwster" at thi; BUSH. 



Purely for the purpose of making merri- 
ment "Sport McAllister" is at the Hush 
Street Theatre. The compiler — I would not 
dare say author — disarms criticism by stating 
that the work has no plot, was not written as 
a play, and has no object aside from that of 
making the spectator laugh. But it has a 
plot; is a good deal of a play, and is remark- 
ably funny. The large number of theatre- 
goers who never enjoy themselves excepting 
when called on to shed real tears at the mimic 
woes of some tragedy queen, will not enjoy 
the efforts of Mr. Robert Gaylor; that other 
class, that sees nothing humorous that is not 
made so by the mummers fathered by Daly, 
Palmer, or Frohman, are likely to find Mr. 
Gaylor a horrible bore; but for myself, with a 
tear for Juliet, a smile for Lady Teazle, and a 
laugh for Maverick Brander, I cannot recall 
anything more enjoyable than " Sport McAl- 
lister " — of course, in its line. I beg that no 
one will believe that my regard for a play of 
this kind is the fault of my early education; 
whatever that may have been, I have under- 
gone so many vicissitudes of dramatic per- 
formances that education would long ago 
have succumbed to experience; and the finger- 
posts of youth, pointing to likes and dislikes, 
would have been washed away in the number- 
less tides of the New that have rolled against 
them. Like every one else, I find that those 
things that pleased most in the long ago 
hold their pleasure now in memory only ; 
and had "Sport McAllister" stormed the 
easy fortress of my applause a couple of 
decades ago, he and his prototypes would 
besiege in vain, and rattle his jokes on un- 
heeding ears. The boy who does not like 
the circus should be carefully watched; as 
senior warden of an Episcopal Church he 
will run away with the soprano. The man 
who glories in his love for the circus should 
have a guardian appointed; he will eat peas 
with his knife, and lick his plate. 

Mr. Gaylor is not the most original actor in 
the world; and some of his "business" is so 
old that the spectator must laugh at it or be 
under the suspicion that he is wanting in the 
bump of reverence. Still, the actor does his 
work admirably well; and he does not seem to 
tire of it. His support is fairly good, and 
what is lacking in ability, is more than com- 
pensated for by the earnestness of the mum- 
mers. Mr. Gaylor will continue at the Bush 
next week. 

Miss Gale will follow " Wilkinson's Wid- 
ows" at the Baldwin on Monday, and the 
reputation of this charming actress, and her 
splendid repertory presage a season as enjoy- 
able as successful. When leading lady for 
Booth and Barrett, Miss Gale was a warm 
favorite with the American public; against the 
background of such accomplished mummers 
as the stars were, her ability may not have 
shone to great advantage, yet the reputation 
she made then, and the favor with which she 
was received, have encouraged her to organize 
a company of her own, made up in great part 
of the people with whom she had played be- 
fore. She has been very successful, and the 
sale of seats for the first night is highly encour- 
aging. Miss Gale opens in " Romeo and 
Juliet." After her comes Stuart Robson, in 
''She Stoops to Conquer." It will be 
interesting to see what his conception of 
the part of Tony Lumpkin is. In it there 
is a mixture of shrewdness and stupidity 
which must be so nicely adjusted that the 
stupidity will seem to be uppermost, and 



the schemes, such as those of the jewels, and 
the misleading of his mother in the dark 
ness, but the happy-go-lucky inspirations of 
the moment. Tony is bluntly truthful when 
no escapade is on foot; but the moment he is 
obliged to circumvent his mother to save his 
own skin, or those of the eloping lovers, he 
can lie with an ease and dexterity that is posi- 
tively bewildering. On the whole, he is one 
of the most humor-; ickling, laughter-provok- 
ing fellows in the range of comedy, and Stuart 
Robson can be relied on to make the most of 

the opportunity. 

" A Texas Steer " has had another splendid 
run at the California; judging from the crowds 
that go to this place, I should imagine that 
half the people in town have seen it at least 
twice. It will be continued for another week, 
and will be followed by "The Club Fiend." 
This is Roland Reed's latest success, and from 
what has been said of it in the Fast, it should 
be a drawing card here. Mr. Reed's compauy 
has been improved since his last appearance at 
the California. 



BALDWIN THEATRE 

\l Hayman 8c Co Lessee and Proprietor 

\lfred Bol'vier „ Manager 

^fSSW^.'V'"""' WR- WILKINSON'S WIDOWS 

Monday, February lat- Engagement of 

And a Complete Dramatic Comrauy, 

Monday and Thursday ROMEO and JULIET 

Tuesday IM.mnii 

Wednesday THE HUNCHBACK 

Friday THE LADY OF LYONS 

Saturday Matinee MUCH ADO AI10UT NOTHING 

Saturday Night THK DUCHESS OF PADUA 

MISS QALE Will begin the second week, Monday, Ftbruan «tb, 
with her performance of ROSALIND in Shakes]>eare's pastoral 
comedy, AS YOU LIKE IT. 



NEW CALIFORNIA THEATRE. 

Handsomest Theatre in the World. 

Al Hayman & Co Proprietois 

Harry Mann Manager 

Next Monday, February 1st, Third and Last Week 
HOYT'S GREATEST COMFDt SUCCESS 

* * "SCexas . J3teer . •« 

LAST MATINEE SATURDAY 

Monday, February 8 — ROLAND REED 

Iu Sydney Rosenfckl's Brilliant Comedy 

. THE . CLUB . FRIEND . 

Seats on sale next Thursday. 

NEW BUSH ST. THEATRE 

MR. M. B. LHAVITT, Lessee MR. J. J. GOTTLOB, Manager 



. . . LAST W E E K . . . 
THE. LAUGHING. HIT ... 

BOBBY GAYLOR 

fstoyt po/uup^ ON - E 4oo T - HE 

Entire change of Songs, Dances and Specialties. 

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SAN JOSE NEWS. 



San Jose, Jau. 27. Dear Wave :— The editor of 
the Mercury says, "The year has opened auspiciously in 
its social aspect.'' May she be forgiven, for a severer 
stretch of the imagination it would be hard to con- 
ceive. Socially, we are taking a Rip Van Winkle 
nap. Hut two social gatherings worth mentioning. 

Dr. Simpson did entertain a select few at cards. 

The future Mrs. S was there, if any credit can 

attach to rumor. Well ! "he's a jolly good fellow - ' 
and she is a fortunate girl. 

The juveniies have taken this town. It is rather 
hard upon those of us who enjoy social pleasures. 
The first thing we know Lent will serve as a legiti- 
mate excuse for the absence of dinners, teas, at homes, 
etc. To be literary is the proper caper now. The 
Miller girls started the fad. They are immensely 
learned and equally pedantic. 

Reading circles are wrestling with literary prob- 
lems; grandmammas have polished up their spectacles 
and joined the ranks of students; passe belles are 
reviving their ancient lore, and the air begins to be 
blue. Even A. P. Hill has joined the club. 

You know he is one of the original " Chivs," and 
highly intellectual, but to this date he has been emi- 
nently successful in hidiug his light. 

Mrs. W w takes her French lessons in the 

morning before rising. They say she looks ravishing 
in her exquisite slumber-robe, nestling among her 
silken pillow's, surrounded by all the luxuries her 
doting husband provides. 

The Spanish class at the Vendome is taking a vaca- 
tion in the absence of Mrs. P . She is missed 

from the favorite drives, too. 

What a pity the youngest Phiel girl has entered So- 
ciety! She is more dashing than her sisters, and if they 
don't look out, she will (mite overshadow them. 
At present she is in the green and giggly age. 

Bettie T might well enter the lists, but she goes 

in for a different style. Dancing and flirting do not 
seem to have any charm for her. Parental influence, 
probably, as her father is an Anchorite. Whatever the 
cause, although graduated with honor from Notre 
Dame, she is pursuing her studies there, occasionally 
giviug us glimpses of what her pen can do. 

If my papa was as rich as hers, you would not find 
me burning any unnecessary oil while poring over 
books, but chacun a son gout. 

Nobody seems surprised that Florence and Louis 
are out. The only occasion for surprise is that the 
denouement was so long delayed. His sisters were 
awfully good to her when she became one of the 
family, and compelled their friends to receive her. 
"Blood will tell," and the gossips are expecting a 
savory feast. 

The Wehners are back at the Vendome. I wish 
they would give me that fine ranch and lovely house 
as long as they dou't care to occupy it. They will 
add considerably to the social features of the Ven- 
dome. Miss W is pretty and interesting. 

Grace S is in your city. The Baron is cpris, 

and will impoverish himself at the florist's. If she 
secures a title without crossing the pond to fish for 
it, won't her sister's sister-in-law be furious ? But 
then, Jennie, is of an older set and Grace still has her 
beaut 1 du dioble. 

Could you possibly enlighten us as to the occasion 
of the frequent visits of our widower captain to your 
city? He can find consolation here. It is not just 
the thing for him to go off on a "still hunt" like 
that. They say the young attorney has gained his 
case, having proven a good special pleader, and Maude 
will be a bride before she fairly enters Society. 

The last hop at the Vendome has been hopped, 
unless our young men succeed iu getting up a ger- 
mau. It is doubtful if they can raise the money. 

I meant to tell you of a tragedy that has been 
enacted here, in the very eyes of Society and scarcely 
one knows of it. The girl is young, lovely, and rich, 
but she carries a burden with her that will press the 
life from all her pleasures. She knows the full mean- 
ing of the bitterness that springs from woman's 
weakness and man's perfidy. Poor girl ! Her name 
is sacred even if I am a Babbler. 



I must agree with the Alameda News on this point: 
"The Wave is always full of interesting reading 
matter. 'The Witness' has a style which is all his 
own, and he uses it in the dishing up of local events 
in a manner that makes them quite palatable. Thk 
Wave is San Francisco's leading Society journal." 



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FRESNO HAPPENINGS. 



Fresno, January 27, 1S92. Dear Wave: — I in- 
tended sending you details of the Press reception in 
Fresno, but so many lovely Society events have taken 
place since that affair, that our 400 would hardly ap- 
preciate such a late news epistle. However, I'll say 
this, that our entertainment in their behalf was the 
most delightful surprise the members had experienced 
on their trip; I really believe the most amusing 
feature was the strenuous efforts certain vineyardists 
made to confine the guests at their respective ranches, 
also Marcus' touching devotion to Mrs. Leslie Wilde. 
If the vineyardists and Marcus aren't repaid with 
several pages in America's largest magazines and 
newspapers our cup of sorrow will be full to over- 
flowing. 

This week has been a social success truly. Mon- 
day evening Society turned out to see Tyndall, the 
famous mind reader, and methinks some of our 
eligibles are very weak brained if they are so easily 
handled. Last evening two of the swellest affairs 
of the season took place, Phouse Newhouse gave a 
dinner party to fifteen of his young lady and gentle- 
men friends. I was there, and it was the prettiest 
scene I ever participated in. The table was beauti- 
fully decorated in smilax, roses, and violets, while the 
lighting was all by candles and banquet lamps in 
yellow shades. Menu on yellow silk ribbons, as were 
the name cards. The dinner, well, I won't attempt 
to describe it; I can only say with the guests, if this 
is a forerunner of what's to be expected from the 
Newhouse mansion, then Phonse and Ksther are folks 
indeed worth cultivating. I heard it whispered that 
this dinner was his farewell to the bachelors' club, and 
again, that it was one of a series to be given by Al 
previous to his marriage. Whatever it was, it stands 
out prominently the swellest dinner party ever given 
in Fresno. 

We went to the 'Sg-'cjo Club from the dinner and 
completed the evening in dancing and a general good 
time. The floor was rather crowded to make dancing 
an ideal pleasure, still 'twas thoroughly enjoyed. 
Several of the youngladies appeared in swell new suits, 
that of Miss Coffman, of red crepe, was particularly 
lovely. Mrs. W.W. Phillips was very charming in white 
cloth and diamonds. To-night and to-morrow night 
the operas and several theatre parties will make it a 
full-dress affair. Friday evening Mrs. J. R. White 
gives an "At Home," and Monday evening we have 
the Lyceum Company of New York, with us.. I will 
write full accounts of all these in my next. Until 
then I am Yours, Imp. 



SECRET THOUGHTS. 



I hold it true that thoughts are things 
Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings, 
And that we send them forth to fill 
The world with good results — or ill. 

That which we call our secret thought, 
Speeds to the earth's remotest spot, 
And leaves its blessings or its woes 
Like tracks behind it as it goes. 

It is God's law. Remember it 

In your still chamber as you sit 

With thoughts you would not dare have known, 

And yet make comrades when alone. 

These thoughts have life; and they will fly 
And leave their impress by and by, 
Like some marsh breeze, whose poisoned breath 
Breathes into homes its fevered breath. 

And after you have quite forgot 
Or all outgrown some vanished thought, 
Back to your mind to make its home, 
A dove or raven, it will come. 

Then let your secret thoughts be fair; 
They have a vital part and share 
In shaping worlds and molding fate — 
God's system is so intricate. 

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox. 



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The Fresno Republican asserts: " Young Mr. Irving 
attempted to commit suicide because he failed of suc- 
cess as an actor. If all the actors who are failures 
should commit suicide the amount of real tragedy 
would fai r ly drug the market." 



I give up this conundrum propounded by the Oak- 
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OAKLAND HAPPENINGS. 



Oakland, January 29th. Dear Wave : — We are 
still stranded, so far as any social event is concerned. 
We have not even had that most dreadful bore — a 
tea — to vary the monotory, and, at present, one would 
be a boon, as there is no place where so much gossip 
can be learned in a short time. We had the mind-reader, 
Tyndall, last week and I was so frightened when 
Charlie Pierce, Cleve Dam, Prentiss vSebby, Walter 
Laymance, and Jim Brady were on the stage that I 
could scarcely breathe — every moment I expected 
that they would have Tyndall point out Frou-Frou. 
It is strange that they allowed the one opportunity 
of their lives to escape — they will never have another 
chance to discover my identity. Thfe fracas between 
Tyndall and one of the Tribune staff was amusing as 
well as alarmiug, for the last night of his perform- 
ance, the poor fellow was so enraged that he fell off 
the stage in a fit, so you see we do manage to stir up 
a disturbance occasionally. 

The dismissal of the Mitchell divorce suit was a 
great disappointment to every one. It seemed so 
childish for them to kiss and make up. She should 
have thought of her children before seeking so much 
notoriety, and where was his pride? Any way it was 
cruel for them to cause us to anticipate so much and 
give us so little. For a few days it promised to be 
almost as interesting as the Pratt affair, and then — 
presto — change and we have no more of it. 

Oh, dear Wave, isn't that dashing Alameda blonde 
impudent to tell all about her flirtations and numerous 
Xmas presents? The gold purse that K. B. Pomeroy 
presented was a beauty. The first thing she knows 
he will be returning to his former friend, who was 

more secretive. Wonder if Mr. P is aware that 

Mr. George Nagle is fast supplanting him in Mamie's 
affections. 

Tom says that in my last I neglected the choicest 
morsel about the Pennoyer-Cook outfit, nie Edmonds. 
It seems that when they first came to Oakland they 
succeeded in ingratiating themselves into the affec- 
tions of every one " in the swim," among the num- 
ber being the Graysons, who had just struck oil, and 
purchased one of the finest mansions on this side, so 

when Mrs. G and Mamie were going Hast, they 

asked the Fdmonds girl for letters of introduction 
which were readily granted and upon receipt of them, 
the Graysons thought they would read them and 
were more than pleased at the numerous compli- 
ments, until the perusal of one that gave them a 
horrible shock — it seems that the girls had written to 
their friends saying that the Graysons were nouveau 
riclu and other uncomplimentary remarks, but that it 
was well to cultivate them in case they intended visit- 
ing this Coast, and by some mistake had allowed the 
letter of introduction to go to their friend, while the 
other was enclosed to the Graysons. It is needless to 
state that the families were strangers after that. 
Speaking of the Graysons reminds me that Mr. 

G made a fatal mistake when he failed to settle 

something on his daughters, forcw i/V/that his fortune 
has taken wings and flown, and his married daugh- 
ters are dowerless. For Georgie it does not seem so 
bad, as Will is a model of a husband, but as much 
cannot be said of Harry's devotion. 

Was over to see Margaret Nelson McMahon last 
week. They are at the Palace for the winter. You 
should see some of her lovely gowns, they are crea- 
tions of beauty. She seems too happy for anything. 
The McMahous are a lively set and I'm happy that 
I'm in with them. After this winter I'm not 
even going to attend the Oakland cotillion — it don't 
pay — would rather spend my money on the other 
side. The few San Francisco parties that I have 
beeu to have utterly spoiled me for anything on this 
side, which is not strange for a slower place cannot 
be found and it is not to be wondered at that Mamie, 
Nellie, Alice, Emma, Floy, and Frou-Frou are still 
without life partners. Have just discovered why 
Miss Shafter lingers until the last on the boat. She 
makes no pretense to dress, nor anything of that 
kind — considers such feminine trifles as unwomanly, 
and iudulges in all masculine pursuits and is success- 
ful at all. Nevertheless she lingers on the boat so 
that she can take an extra dash at her toilet unob- 
served — that large mirror is so attractive to such 
frivolous creatures as Frou-Frou, but from Miss 

S we never expected such a show of vanity. 

Have a good joke on Jack Wilson and Phil Remillard, 
which I will divulge later — San Francisco is too 
attractive for them uow-a-days. 

By the way, dear, if you want to see our most 
exclusive Society girls be sure and secure seats for 
the entertainment to be given at the Grand Opera 
House on the tenth of February. We can't get 
enough on this side to keep the Fabiola in running 
order, so we intend giving the San Francisco public a 
chance to help us out, and the Hutchinson Mandolin 
Club are going to distinguish themselves before a 
critical Sau Francisco audience. 

The Assembly party takes place on Friday evening. 
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A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL, 

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San Francisco, February 6, 1892. 



"THE WAVE'S" PORTRAIT ALBUM. 

The portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest C. La 
Moutagne have the merit of adequately repre- 
senting their subjects. The majority of photo- 
graphs are but weak reflexes of their originals. Miss 
Catherwood was one of the fairest flowers in the bou- 
quet of California womanhood. Her grandfather, 
Judge Hastings, was among the men who made Cali- 
fornia a State. Mr. La Moutagne, to whom she was 
married on Thursday last, belongs to a well-known 
New York family. Mingled with the felicitation s 
appropriate to the occasion are the regrets that 
Gotham gains what California loses. But I believe 
Mr. and Mrs. La Montague have 110 intention of 
being permanent absentees. 



SPLASHES. 

THE FASHIONABLE EVENT of the 
week was the marriage of Miss Louise Cath- 
erwood and Mr. Ernest La Montagne at the 
Cathedral on Thursday morning last. Besides 
being the first wedding of any social impor- 
tance this season, it was notable because of 
the identity of the contracting parties. Miss 
Catherwood is the daughter of Mrs. Clara 
Catherwood, and the eldest grandchild of one 
of California's law-givers, the first Chief Jus- 
tice of the State— Judge Hastings. A man of 
unique individuality and powerful intellect, 
he had acquired prominence long before he 
came to California, and to-day his is one of 
the most interesting characters among surviv- 
ing pioneers. Her father, Colonel Cather- 
wood of the United States Army, and her 
mother were among the leaders of local Soci- 
ety in its palmy days— the days that are no 
more. The bride is an exceedingly handsome 
girl, whose face is indicative of a high degree 
of intelligence and character. She has been ' 



San Francisco, February 6, 1892. 

educated abroad, and is as, versatile as she is 
beautiful. 

* * * 

She is a clever pianist and a favorite pupil 
of the most celebrated of vocal instructresses, 
Madame Marchesi. She speaks four lan- 
guages with facility, is really a capable artist, 
and rides superbly. Miss Catherwood returned 
to California in the middle of last summer, 
became immediately one of the belles, and 
attracted a great deal of attention. It was 
during a visit to her friend, Miss Simrall, of 
Louisville, that she met her fate. Rumor 
says it was a case of love at first sight. Mr. 
La Montagne is a member of a well-known 
New York family, and a partner in his 
father's firm in that city. They met in 
Louisville during the races, and four days 
later, were engaged. Contrary to the prec- 
dent, the course of their true love ran 
smooth. To their union, there was no opposi- 
tion to speak of, and the congratulations 
poured in on them were not only generous 
but general. 

* * * 

This was the first wedding of note that has 
been celebrated in the new Cathedral. For 
some reason or other, the Catholic contingent 
in local Society has done but little marrying 
or giving in marriage. The Fair nuptials 
were performed at the bride's residence, 
those of Mr. Donahoe and Miss Parrott at St. 
Mary's on California Street. While there is 
not a great deal of difference between one 
nuptial ceremony and another, events 
seemed to have combined to render this one 
especially pretty. The bride* looked beauti- 
ful in a magnificent gown of white brocaded 
satin. She wore a long veil of Duchess 
point lace, and ascended the aisle leaning on 
the arm of her godfather, Tom Madden, pre- 
ceded by the six ushers, and her maid of 
honor, Miss Marie La Montagne. The groom 
and his best man, Albert La Montague, met 
the party at the altar. 

* * * 

Archbishop Riordan performed the cere- 
mony, and then followed a nuptial mass, cele- 
brated by Rev. Father Kirby, the choir 
rendering very successfully a special musical 
service, which included for an offertory hymn 
the intermezzo from " Cavilleria Rusticana." 
After the ceremony the happy pair descended 
by the north aisle, the ushers — Messrs. S. M. 
Shortridge, E. M. Greenway, Alexander and 
George Loughborough, J. O'H. Cosgrave, and 
Osgood Hooker — bringing up the rear. A 
delicious wedding breakfast, served by the 
Maison Dord, was then partaken of at the 
residence of Mrs. Catherwood. At the main 
table in the dining-room sat the bridal party — 
the other guests were placed at small tete-a-tete 



10 Cents 



tables. The floral adornments of the room 
were most artistic. The health of the bride 
and groom proposed by A. H. Loughborough 
was drunk standing, aud then Mr. Shortridge, 
in a brief and felicitous speech, responded. 
To the reception which followod a large 
number of invitations had been sent out, aud 
until four o'clook the happy pair were kept 
busy receiving congratulations. They took 
their departure by the afternoon train for San 
Jose, continuing their journey the following 
morning to Del Monte. 

* * * 

Probably the most enjoyable affair of the 
ante-nuptial functions was the dinner given 
by Mr. Samuel M. Shortridge in the Spanish 
quarter to the bride and groom on Tuesday 
evening. Aside from the novelty of the ban- 
quet, there were elements in the gathering that 
made it a brilliant success. The chef- — I 
am told he was imported for the occasion, 
and his confections were of such a character 
as will warrant the statement that he will 
remain here — employed ingenuity and art 
to devise new dishes of a tempting and 
appetite-compelling nature; the courses were 
innumerable, and were of the prevailing 
red tint so noticeable in Spanishtown; copious 
libations of Delbeck made their consumption 
a matter of pleasure. 

* * * 

The host was very happy in his remarks 
anent the occasion that brought together such 
a merry party, referring to the bride as the 
fairest flower in California's bouquet of 
pretty women. Mr. La Montagne responded; 
Mr. Delmas spoke of California's loss, and 
ex-vSenator Lyuch referred to New York's 
gain. The Spanish quarter has never before 
seen such a gay party, and will not soon see 
its like again. 

* * * 

THE ATTACKS recently made by a 
weekly contemporary on a young man who 
has made his way into Society after a long 
struggle, in which he was handicapped as 
much by natural disabilities as by misfortunes 
of antecedents, were of a most brutal and 
disgusting character. Referring to a person's 
cimian-like appearance, no matter what the 
physical and intellectual provocation may be, 
is, to say the least, unkind, and should not be 
tolerated. A man is no more to be criticised 
for his resemblance to a monkey than is Ids 
grandfather; indeed, the chances are that his 
paternal grandparent's likeness to the animal 
in question may be responsible for the unfor- 
tunate conditions existing in the second gen- 
eration. The News Letter was not, in in-y- 
humble opinion, justified in its attacks on Mr. 
Gus Casserly. 

* * -if. 

The imputation was that this young man 



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THE WAV I-: 



was a cad; a statement that is not wholly 
proved by the meagre evidence at the com- 
mand of his tradncer; and the further charge 
that he was a prig, whatever may have been 
the weight of testimony on which his enemy 
based the allegation, merely proved that he 
had confounded the terms of reproach, and 
applied them indiscriminately (where justice 
would have asked that only one be used) to a 
person whose misfortunes, if what was said 
were true, ought to have gained him 
immunity from such vulgar abuse. A casual 
acquaintance with Mr. Casserly leads me to 
believe that my weekly contemporary may 
have been too severe. 

* * * 

ENTERTAINMENTS GIVEN in honor 
of the La Montagues were the social staple 
of the past week. Mrs. Cathervvood gave a 
dinner and a reception in their honor on Sun- 
day evening, at which the visitors had the 
opportunity of meeting the ushers and the 
other members of the bridal party. A very 
delightful evening was passed. On Monday 
there was an excursion to Palo Alto, which 
proved very enjoyable. 

On Monday evening the new private dining- 
room of the Palace Hotel — a magnificent 
apartment paneled in onyx and in colored 
marbles — was the scene of an elaborate dinner 
party given by Mr. La Montague in honor of 
his bride elect. There were twenty-two 
guests, and the long table, illuminated by the 
soft radiance of wax candles in highly pol- 
ished candelabra, set out with shining silver- 
ware, and adorned with red and white roses, 
presented a beautiful spectacle. Mr. La Mon- 
tague, who has the reputation of being one of 
the most accomplished dinner-givers in New 
York, composed a delicious menu for the occa- 
sion. At dessert there was a little speech- 
making. The health of bride and groom elect 
was proposed by Mr. Redding, and briefly 
responded to by Mr. La Montagne. Mr. 
Shortridge was quite felicitous in proposing a 
toast to Miss Catherwood, which was drunk 
standing in sparkling Delbeck. After dinner 
the guests adjourned to the large drawing- 
room on the first floor, where coffee was 
served. 

* * * 

Some very gorgeous presents were received 
by Miss Catherwood. Among the handsomest 
were a magnificent silver toilet service from 
Mrs. Stanford, a rich silver tea service from 
Judge Hastings, an individual salt and pepper 
service in gold from Mr. and Mrs. Geisleman, 
a large silver salad dish from John \V. Mackay, 
and a richly jeweled bracelet from Mrs. 
Hearst. Mr. Mackay also sent the bride from 
Sievers a magnificent bouquet of orchids, sim- 
ilar to the one he gave Miss Fair on her wed- 
ding day. 

* * * 

WEDNESDAY EVENING WAS devoted 
to dinners. Mrs. Hager's was as delightful 
as her entertainments always are. The menu 
was elaborate, and the table decorations very 
beautiful. Afterward, there was a small 



dance, the guests devoting themselves to the 
new dances — the caprice and the deux temps — 
which are to be extensively danced at the 
forthcoming cotillion. 

* * * 

Mr. Phelan's dinner at the Bohemian Club, 
like others he has given, was a most enjoy- 
able affair. The table decorations were 
elaborate enough and sufficiently beautiful to fl oor . 
compensate for defects in the menu —had there 
been any, and I am as ured there was none. 
There were about twenty guests. After the 
edibles were disposed of, the affair assumed 
quite a literary character. Mr. Redding and 
Mr. Phelan read papers that Mr. Lansing 
Mizner replied to. There was music and 
chorus singing in which everyone took part, 



not the fairest of the little people — one of the 
fairest was Miss Florence Steinberger as 
"Violets." Master Harold Brown as "Cu- 
pid," looked very pretty. 

* * * 

After a sumptuous supper, the little ones 
were packed home by their fond parents, and 
then the children of larger growth had the 
A grand march commenced the festiv- 
ities, and after it dancing was kept up uniil 
past three — the usual intermission being 
allowed for supper. There are few better 
floors for dancing in the city than that of the 
Vereiu ballroom Although there were not so 
many men present as there were girls, this 
gave all the more room for the dancers. 
Quite a number of pretty girls were present. 



and altogether a very enjoyable evening was M j ss Ettlinger wore a handsome costume and 



passed 

Leap Year dances are increasing in vogue 
and will undoubtedly become quite popular 
ere the season closes. One Was given by 
Mr. and Mrs. W. Greer Harrison, at their resi- 
dence on Pacific Avenue, Wednesday evening 
last. The gathering was of young people and 
married people, and everyone had a pleasant 
time. An exceedingly good supper was 
served at midnight. 

* * * 

The marriage of Lieutenant Oyster and 
Miss Nettie Tubbs will be privately celebrated 
on Monday next in the Tubbs apartments at 
the Palace Hotel. A reception will follow, 
to which a large number of invitations have 
been sent out. 

* * * 

On Saturday next, St. Valentiue's day, 
Miss Margaret Kittle gives a dance at her 
home on Pacific Avenue. Among coming 
events are several dinners to be given Mr. 
and Mrs. E. C. LaMontagne. Mr. and Mrs. 
S. M. Wilson entertain them on Wednesday 
evening. On Friday night is the Oakland 
cotillion which is to be a bal poudrc and con- 
ducted on Leap Year principles. 

* * * 

There were numberless pretty children at 
the San Francisco Verein, last Saturday 
evening — youthful beaux and future belles in 
all manner of engaging and fanciful costumes; 
Little Bo Peeps, Fairies, Nights, Follies, and 
all the hundred and one characters that are 
represented at grown-up masquerades, the 
little ones depicted. There were little old 
gentlemen in court wigs and knee-breeches, 
and little old ladies in Pompadour costumes 
and powdered locks. They danced with ex- 
ceeding grace and flexibility, all of them, and 
if gratification and happiness are set forth by 
shining, smiling faces, they must have thor- 
ough!) 7 enjoyed themselves. Which looked 
prettiest of all the little ones present, is a 
question that their parents very naturally think 
differently about. There is no question that 
every tiny damsel and every pretty boy 
| represent a positive type of youthful perfec- 
tion. I have been assured, though, that — if 



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looked very pretty. Miss Greenbaum, Miss 
Godkind, Miss Heniietta Meyer, MissHyman, 
and Miss Adlerall looked charming. Miss Eliza 
Emanuel and Miss Shainwald were among the 
belles. Of the matrons, Mrs. Iguatz Steinhart 
Mrs. Isaac Walter and Mrs. A. Greenbaum 
wore magnificent costumes and looked very 
handsome. Among the dancers, I could not 
but admire Mrs. Ackerman, whose waltzing 
is the very poetry of motion. 

* * * 

I could not but notice the amount of jewelry 
displayed by some of the young married 
women. Indeed, there seemed to be an im- 
pression that a certain rivalry existed, that a 
few of the descendants of millionaires were 
endeavoring to outdo one another. Of course, 
it;is very interesting to witness an exhibition of 
fine diamonds, and there is no question that 
quality and quantity of the adornments add 
to the fascination and importance of the occa- 
sion, but it is not difficult to go too far. 

* * * 

Colonel and Mrs. Isaac Trumbo went East 
on Saturday last. Colonel Trumbo is a mem. 
her of the committee appointed to represent 
the silver men before Congress, and he is now 
going forward to meet his friend, Senator 
Teller. He will return 'in a few weeks. Mr. 
and Mrs. Harry Gillig, accompanied by Frank 
Unger and Elwood Crocker, arrived in San 
Francisco on Monday and left for Honolulu 
on Thursday. A large delegation of their 
friends saw them off. Porter Ashe has re- 
turned from his trip East, and is to be seen at 
his accustomed haunts. 

* * * 

Mrs. E. J. McCutchen gave a very charm- 
ing lunch to a party of eight ladies on Mon- 
day, in the private dining-room of the Hotel 
Bella Vista. The floral decorations were very 
beautiful. The centre piece was a lamp stand- 
ing on an exquisite piece of embroidery (the 
design being in violets), and the table was 
covered with violets. The favors, or name 
cards, were painted on wide purple satin rib 
bon, and fastened to them with narrow rib- 
bon were large bunches ot violets. The 
menu was very tempting. The guests were : 
Mrs. Adam Grant, Mrs. Pelham Ames, Mrs. 



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Barber, Mrs. George Roe, Mrs. Webster 
Jones, Mrs. Bothiu, and Mrs. Hobbs.' 

* * * 

I am informed that the young ladies of the 
Crocker Auxiliary purpose giving a Leap 
Year party in the near future. They have 
been working quietly but systematically on 
the plans, which promise a function of con- 
siderable size and much elegance, and have 
been fortunate enough to secure for it the 
patronage of Mrs. Albert W. Scott, at whose 
residence it will be given. 

Mrs. Adeline Pell Benham accompanied 
Mrs. Paxton to her ranch, Madrono Knoll, 
this week, and will remain at Healdsburg for 
some time. 

* * * 

A very pleasant affair was the surprise party 
to Colonel and Mrs. Parnell on a recent even- 
ing. The festivities were arranged by the 
members of the ^Daphne Club, nearly all of 
whom gathered at the residence of Colonel 
Parnell on Washington Street. The Presi- 
dent of the Club, Mrs. Dr. O. V. Taylor, made 
a brief address and presented the astonished 
hosts with the emblem of the organization. 

* * * 

Miss Sarah Tompkins gave an impromptu 
german at her residence on Pine Street. 
George Vernon Gray led, introducing some 
very pretty figures. Every one had a jolly 
time. Miss Lucia Kittle ] gave a tea at her 
apartments in the Palace Hotel. There were 
quite a large number of callers. 

* * * 

Miss Millie Ashe gave a small card party at 
her residence last evening. To-night the 
reception in the Mercantile Library Building 
will be the event. An excellent musical 
programme has been arranged and the affair 
will be quite fashionable. 

i|C SfC Jf! 

There was a large gathering of the friends 
of Mr. and Mrs. Will E- Fisher, at their resi- 
dence, 1210 Sutter Street, on Tuesday even- 
ing last. It was the first reception they 
have given since their marriage, and con- 
gratulations were in order. They give another 
next Tuesday night, at which quite a large 
crowd is also expected. 

* * * 

Presidio bops are growing in popularity. At 
the last two Tuesday evening hops the atten- 
dance was large. On the floor were a number of 
very pretty girls, and of partners there was no 
lack. They were not even confined to the mili- 
tary. Of all the ball floors in the city, that of 
the Presidio Hall is pronounced the best. A 
substantial supper was served in the mess- 
room . 

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kittle and Miss Lucia 
Kittle have closed their Ross Valley residence 
and are now installed at the Palace for the 
rest of the winter. Miss Dibblee is also -at 
the Palace Hotel. 

On Tuesday afternoon the Misses Voorhies 
will give a tea in honor of Mr. and Mrs. La 



Montague. Several dinners and other enter- 
tainments are in prospect prior to their depar- 
ture for New York. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Bunker returned to the 
city this week, after an enjoyable trip through 
the East. 

* * * 

When you read " With Edge Tools," you 
will get the best native imitation of a French 
novel. It is not unlike our home brew of 
champagne ; it is superior, however, to that 
much-maligned beverage, which is charged 
with responsibilities for all the headaches in 
town; "With Edge Tools" does not even 
leave a heartache. Mr. Taylor shows no 
originality in his plot ; a handsome woman 
marries a rich man ; his office gets all his 
attention ; a young man, handsome and 
superficially bright, flatters her at their first 
meeting ; kisses her at the second ; and makes 
a fool of her, as usual. Then she falls out of 
love with him because he puts his elbows on 
the table, and makes a noise when he eats ; 
she confesses all to her husband, and they are 
happy. Oh, lame and impotent conclusion to 
a bright story, cleverly written! The dia- 
logue is readable, and, while booky, is not 
stilted ; epigrams are not in the mouths of 
scullery maids, and pot-carriers do not philoso- 
phize. That is the curse of present-day litera- 
ture ; our domestics make jokes, and neglect 
the fires ; messenger-boys deliver epigrams, 
and forget the messages ; our police officers 
philosophize to the point of keeping out of 
danger. 

* * * 

On Market Street the facilities for conduct- 
ing a large retail trade are very few. The 
buildings are for the most part small and 
crowded, and the tenants are hardly able to 
handle the volume of business that should 
naturally be theirs. With the exception of 
the structure that Sanborn, Vail & Co. .are 
fitting up, there are few stores that might not 
be greatly improved on. 

THE SUBJECT OF SUPPERS is a danger- 
ous theme to discuss, but it is almost time some 
one called attention to the distressing same- 
ness of the midnight repasts to which Society 
is treated. Oysters a la poulctte and terrapin 
— mud turtle — cooked a certain way, are as 
inevitable as the grave, and one may be for- 
given the most earnest detestation after fre- 
quent experiences of both. There is no 
question of the excellence of both in their own 
way, but it is distressing to have to undergo 
them night in and night out through a 
season. If the culinary availabilities were 
limited — if it were not possible to vary this 
unutterable monotony in a thousand different 
ways — one might forgive caterers. The litera- 
ture of cookery is almost as extensive as that 
of theology. It seems strange that after the 
experience'of, heaven alone knows how many, 
centuries that selection should be so limited. 

• ... .*,* * .JjL.; . < iV.'wvve > 

At the balls of the Concordia Club and at 

Arcadian Waukesha Water is an absolute preventive 
of any kidney disorders. 



those of the San Francisco Verein, an effort has 
been made to introduce new dishes. It can be 
clone at a very trifling excess in cost, and the 
result is agreeable, quite as much for the 
novelty as for the satisfaction to one's palate. 
At these institutions the standard of criticism 
is high, and the committees in charge are 
exceedingly exacting. Poor cooking is not 
permitted to go pass without comment, and 
the result is the caterers are careful. At 
private house entertainments the same caterers 
are employed, and the old menu does duty. 
Few hostesses have the enterprise, even if 
they have good cooks, to serve their own sup- 
pers. I might be permitted to suggest as a 
method of reputation making worth thinking 
over, the preparation of a midnight repast in 
which " terrapin " and oysters were conspic- 
uous by their absence. 

* * * 

A CHANGE has been made in the director- 
ate of the Olympic Club. Mr. Walter A. Scott 
has resigned and Mr. Gaston M. Ashe has 
been chosen to fill the vacancy. Mr. Scott 
was for years one of the most prominent of 
the outdoor athletes. Though not at all times 
personally popular, he possessed energy and 
ability, and largely aided in inducing the public 
to take interest in cinderpath events. At one 
time he committed the always fatal error of 
snubbing a reporter, and to this fact is attrib- 
uted a large amount of the unpleasant criticism 
he so frequently received, 

* * * 

Mr. Ashe brings into the Board a love fo r 
and experience in athletics, having taken part 
in them at Harvard, where he was specially 
known as a skillful boxer. It seems to be the 
rule among members of the Olympic to resign 
when they marry. In making so signal an 
exception to this practice it is said that pretty 
Mrs. Ashe is largely responsible for the stand 
taken by her athletic spouse, she being 
an admirer of all sports that are manly. 

Judge Hastings has finally made up his 
mind vigorously to contest the will of his 
son, the late R. P. Hastings. The fascinat- 
ing widow will therefore have a law suit of 
portentous dimensions on her hands. It is 
no joke entering the legal lists with Cali- 
fornia's first Chief Justice. The deed of trust, 
that very much protested instrument, seems 
to develop new characteristics each time it 
is brought into Court. It is positive, how- 
ever, the grounds of action are in this instance 
feasible enough, and undoubtedly the fight 
will develop into a cause eetibre. Mrs. Hast- 
ings is represented by the strong law firm of 
Garber, Boalt & Bishop, while Ryland Wall 
lace will handle the suit for that lady's father- 
in-law. 

* * * 

IT HAS BEEN NOTICED at the New 
City Hall that Judge Coffey has not been get. 
ting such a large volume of probate business 
since J. M. Troutt became Presiding Judge. 



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People who remember that Judge Coffey did 
not cast his vote for Troutt in the election of 
Presiding Judge, may surmise a reason for the 
deflection of probate business from Coffey to 
Levy. The falling off has been gradual and 
has not yet attracted much attention, but if 
the Presiding Judge has no fear of unfavor- 
able comment, he will continue to assign 
cases away from the popular Probate Courts. 
* * * 

By the way, this is not the first time that 
there has been a suspicion of scandal con- 
nected with the probate business of the 
Superior Court. Judge Levy was the first to 
infringe on Judge Coffey's domain. When he 
became Presiding Judge, a few years ago, he 
was not slow in discovering that there was 
such a large volume of probate business on 
the calendar that it was impossible for his 
confrere of Department No. 9 to transact it as 
speedily as the heirs would like. He was at 
once prompted by that respect for the public 
which has distinguished a number of local 
jurists to assign a portion of the business 
to himself. A few suspicious people were so 
foolish as to regard this action of the Presid- 
ing Judge in a manner not at all complimen- 
tary to him. They were so dull of com- 
prehension that they could not understand 
that the division of the business was due to a 
desire to facilitate the distribution of estates. 
Judge Levy has ever since acted as a Probate 
Judge, but he has only attended to a moderate 
number of cases. Some members of the bar 
are now of the opinion that a game of "freeze 
out " is being played, and that Judge Coffey is 
the man who is to be placed in the refrigerator. 
* * * 

As everybody does not know why one 
Judge should have a penchant for probate 
cases, it may be well to explain that the 
Court has entire control over the estates 
involved. He appoints appraisers, administra- 
tors, and attorneys to represent absent and 
minor heirs, and fixes the amount of compen- 
sation for each. The Court has the power to 
greatly diminish an estate, and can do so 
simply by entertaining extravagant notions of 
the value of the services rendered by his 
appointees. It is, therefore, important 
that a careful and prudent Judge should have 
charge of the department of justice in which 
probate practice is confined. Lawyers have 
always had the utmost confidence in the abil- 
ity of Judge Coffey in that special practice, 
and the prominent members of the bar do not 
approve of a change, except, of course, when 
a crowded calendar demands a division of the 
business. 

IT DOES NOT REQUIRE a long stretch 0*" 
memory to recall the time when that distin- 
guished jurist, Dennis J. Toohy, sat upon one of 
the twelve benches of the Superior Court, 
" fenced in by bulwarks of the law," and ruled 
the criminal dock. When clothed in ermine he 
was a most dignified-looking man, and it was 
often said that "he looked every inch a 
Judge," although — well, no matter. Since his 



retirement to private life many good stories 
have been told about incidents of his career 
under the red canopy. I happened to be in 
the company of Charley Ackerman and 
Colonel Kowalsky, a few days ago, when they 
were in a reminiscent mood, and each told of 
experience in Judge Toohy's Court. 

* * * 

Ackerman's story was about a case in 
which he sought to secure the release of 
Charles Frank, arrested for embezzlement on 
a warrant from Chicago. The attorney dis- 
covered a clerical error in the warrant by 
which the name of the defendant and " Cook 
County," in which Chicago is located, were 
transposed, so that it appeared that the charge 
was against Charles Cook of Chicago, Frank 
County, Illinois. Ackerman argued that this 
was a fatal error, and that the prisoner should 
be discharged. The Court took the case 
under advisement for two weeks, and at the 
end of that period rendered a long opinion. 
He stated that Ackerman's technical point 
appeared at first blush to be of great impoi* 
tance, but after due consideration it was deemed 
trivial. The Court, however, had discovered 
another and fatal error of which he had taken 
judicial cognizance. "It is this," said His 
Honor. "The law provides that a certified 
copy of the warrant must accompany the 
requisition. I find that a certified copy is not of 
record here, but that the original war- 
rant was sent out. This is not in com- 
pliance with the law, and in the circum- 
stances the prisoner cannot be detained; let 
him be discharged from custody." 

* * * 

Colonel Kowalsky's story was also about a 
knock-out administered to him by Toohy. He 
had been engaged as special counsel to prose- 
cute a young man who had robbed his 
employer, and he was successful in securing 
the conviction of the defendent. Subsequently 
the latter's attorney argued a motion for a new 
trial. Kowalsky asked for time to prepare 
his argument in reply, and the request was 
granted. In the meantime he met Judge 
Toohy on the street, and the Court said : " Say, 
Colonel, are you going to argue that motion ?" 
" Certainly I am," was the response. 
" What do you want to argue it for?" que- 
ried the Judge. 

* * * 

The Colonel looked surprised. The Judge 
then poked him familiarly in the ribs, and 
said with a smile, " A wink ought to be as 
good as a kick with you." 

"Oh, well, all right," said the attorney. 
"You are the Judge, and, of course, you know 
just what ought to be done." 

After this conversation Kowalsky paid no 
more attention to the case until it was again 
called in Court. He was certain that the 
motion would be denied, and, therefore, when 
he appeared in Court he was not in the least 
concerned. After calling the case, the Judge 
looked toward him and asked, "Any argu- 

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j ment from your side ?" The Colonel arose 
with expanded bosom, and exclaimed : " No, 
sir, I am satisfied to submit this matter with- 
out argument." 

* * * 

The Judge cleared his throat, and, in his 
most dignified manner, gave utterance as 

follows : 

" The motion for a new trial is granted." 

Kowalsky's amazement was so intense that 
he almost tumbled off a chair. Immediately 
after Court adjourned he visited Judge Toohy 
in his chambers, and indignantly demanded 
an explanation. For reply, the Judge famil- 
iarly patted him on the shoulder, and cheered 
him with the assurance: "Oh, don't mind a 
little thiug like that ; you'll convict him 
again, Colonel." 

COLONEL HENRY I. KOWALSKY, 
who has for several years consumed so large a 
portion of the time of the Probate Court, is 
one of the best story-tellers on the Coast. It 
has often been said that if he could entertain 
Judge Coffey with stories, instead of legal 
arguments, he would win all his cases in the 
Probate Court, unless Judge Coffey, who is 
somsthing of a yarn-spinner himself, should 
become envious of his talents. Many of the 
Colonel's stories will not bear repetition, not 
because there is anything improper about 
them — I believe his repertoire rests on a higher 
moral plane than that of the average lawyer — 
but because, to produce the highest effects, 
they must have his intonation, manner, and 
dialect. But here is one that would pass 
muster anywhere. I have no doubt it is true. 

* * * 

Associated with the Colonel in the Dama 
will contest is Joseph P. Kelly, a son of the 
late Michael Joseph Kelly, the contractor, 
who, among his other facial ornaments, has 
a very large nose. During the trial of the 
case Joe and the Colonel were always together, 
whether goii g to and from the Court or spin- 
ning around town in the evening with the 
"boys." I suppose this companionship wat 
necessary to keep the attorneys en rapport, as 
the French say, with the case. The Colonel, 
as is well known, cultivates the friendship of 
many staid old Hebrew families, and one 
night he invited Joe to attend a party on Van 
Ness Avenue, at the residence of one of the 
chosen people. Here Joe was introduced to 
several gentlemen and passed a pleasant 
evening. 

* * * 

The next day one of the ancient Hebrews 
who was present met Kowalsky on the street 
and said : 

" Henry, vat vas the name of your frient 
vat you had oud to der house lashte nide ?. " 

"That was young Joe Kelly, the lawyer. 
He's with me in the Dama will contest, you 
know." 

" Vat vas der name ? " 

" Kelly— Joe Kelly." 

" Veil," said the Hebrew, with some sur- 



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5 



prise, " dot vas the first time I efer heard cf a 
Shew nam't Kelly." 

"Jew? Why, Kelly is not a Jew. He's 
an Irishman." 

The old gentleman reflected a moment 
while he nursed his incredulity. Then he 
said : 

" But I say, Henry, vere did he get dot 
nose ?" 

I SUPPOSE THAT ALL ADVICE, no 
matter how sound it may be, will be lost upon 
the factions of the local Democracy who are 
now discussing plans for reorganizing the 
party. But there is nothing in the world so 
cheap as advice, and, although I may be 
snubbed for my presumptousness, I propose 
to volunteer some. Judging from the antics 
of what Mr. Jack Dougherty of the Demo- 
cratic County Committee calls " the Sutter 
Street gang," and from the comical exhibi- 
tion of Buckley's late possession, now known 
as the " legally constituted authority of the 
Democracy," I am firmly convinced that the 
party is in need of something. I may not be 
advice, but my impartial observer can readily 
see that it is something. In neither of 
these bodies is there anything resembling 
patriotism, politics, or sense. If Ijdid not 
detect in the performance of the "Com- 
mittee "a slight coloring of method, I should 
affirm, without fear of successful contradiction, 
that the leaders of both had gone daft. 

* In the first place, it is the height of absurd- 
ity for Jack Dougherty, Jimmy Long, Alex 
Greggains, Brer Spotts, and the other toughs, 
pugilists, rounders, and gentlemen, who so 
lately hobnobbed with Boss Buckley in the 
Democratic County Committee, to suppose 
that they can have anything to do with the 
future affairs of the party in this city. They 
represent nothing on earth — not even them- 
selves, for up to the hour of his flight Buckley 
owned evejy hair of their heads. It is idle 
for them to talk about being the "legally 
constituted Democratic authority," and to 
hope that anybody is going to trust them to 
manage anything. For all pracLical purposes 
the Democratic County Committee is dead to 
the world; it is an effete entity, as it were, 
with no power for good or evil, a thing, in 
short, which is so iufinitesimally small and 
which has such a miserable perspective that 
God, in his inscrutable wisdom, does not con- 
sider it of sufficient importance to warrant 
annihilation. The Democratic County Com- 
mittee is a mere speck on the body politic, 
and the sooner its members take transfers and 
get off the earth, the better for themselves 
and the people. 

.On the other hand, " the Sutter Street 
gang " ought not to resolve, like the three 
tailors of Tooley Street, that they are the 
people of England, for they are not the Demo- 
cratic party of this town by any means. 
There are large numbers of Democratic 
voters south of Market Street whom they do 



not represent at all, and, while that body of 
citizens will not act with the County Com- 
mittee, I doubt very much whether they will 
affiliate with the Sutter Street Club. To my 
mind that Reorganization Committee is the 
most undemocratic thing I have recently 
examined. It proposes to organize clubs in 
each district, but it will give them no power; 
it calls on the people for support, but it asks 
them to refrain from participating in the nom- 
ination of candidates; in short, it creates itself 
the well-spring of Democracy, and provides 
that it alone shall enjoy all the emoluments 
which will naturally flow from being the only 
pure thing in town. This language may 
seem extravagant, but I will defy any man to 
extract any practical result from the plan of 
reorganization proposed by the Sutter Street 
Committee which does not lead to the most 
intolerable bossism. The mere fact that the 
appointment of convention delegates is pro- 
vided for kills the whole scheme. The local 
Democracy will never stand that. They have 
have had the game played on them too often. 
It may be argued that the appointing machine 
is too cumbersome to be handled by the ring 
that has already been formed, I am told, to 
grab it, but the argument is opaque. A 
ring of smart fellows with the public plunder 
of San Francisco in sight, would have no 
trouble in promptly finding a way to capture 
the delegates. 

* * * 

Besides, no delegation of appointed men, 
provided there was a contest, would ever be 
admitted to the State Convention. This is 
saying nothing about an appointed City Con- 
vention. I have in mind but one instance in 
the history of this town where a local ticket 
nominated by an appointed convention was 
successful. Twelve years ago the Democrats 
were split into several fragments variously 
called Workingmen, " Honorable Bilks," and 
regular Democrats, and the Republicans with 
any kind of management were assured of suc_ 
cess. At that time a faction of milk ranche s 
in the Eleventh Ward organized to fight Bill 
Higgius, the then Republican Boss. They 
called to their aid the Spring Valley Water 
Company and other corporations which desired 
favors from the Supervisors. An open primary 
was held and Higgins captured about half the 
delegates to the City Convention. He was so 
strong that the milkmen were obliged to com- 
promise with him. They did so by conced- 
ing several places on the ticket, not as many, 
however, as Higgins considered his men 
entitled to. At the election Bill set the Fire 
Department to work and it elected his candi- 
dates and defeated nearly all of those nomi- 
nated by the milkmen. 

This brought on a savage political war, and 
two years afterward, the milkmen, having 
control of the County Committee, sat down 
and appointed a City Convention. There was 
a frightful howl about it, but they pulled it 
through and elected the entire ticket. The 
successful candidates were, however, not long 



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in office, for the Supreme Court legislated 
them out at the end of their first year. The 
milkmen, emboldened by their success, re-! 
peated the appointing game at the next elec- 
tion, but it was too late. Higgins split the 
party and every Democrat was elected in 1882 
by majorities varying, from 1000 to 10,000. 
I have never heard of a convention being 
appointed since until this Sutter Street Com- 
mittee proposed it. Buckley in the heyday of 
his power never dreamed of such a thing. 



I believe that with a united local organiza- 
tion the Democrats can carry San Francisco 
four times out of five. The town always 
gives a Democratic majority in Presidential 
years, unless Blaine is the Republican candi- 
date, and it will do so with judicious manage- 
ment this year. But the Reorganization Com- 
mittee can never win with a club system 
which lodges all ultimate power in a central 
governing body. Especially is this true in a 
year like the present when all the public 
offices, State, Federal, and municipal, are in 
the hands of the Republicans. The Demo- 
crats have nothing to build on except their 
proverbial inertia and fixedness of purpose. 
With the [offices in sight, Democrats never 
consider any hope forlorn. 

The essentials to Democratic success are, in 
my opinion, as follows : 

First — A revolution which shall annihilate 
the County Committee. 

Second — The continued absence of Boss 
Buckley in Europe and the seclusion of Boss 
Rainey at his Mission San Jose ranch. 

Third — A large reef in the conceit of the 
Sutter Street Reorganization Committee. 

Fourth — An open primary under the Porter 
law for the election of delegates to a State 
Convention, and a new County Committee. 

Fifth — The appointment of the election 
officers for this primary by a committee of 
well-known Democrats selected by the State 
Central Committee. 

Sixth — The dumping of Maurice Schmitt 
and Fisher Ames into the new Brannan Street 
sewer. I am not particular about the Bran- 
nan Street sewer. I suggest that because it 
is large, and has a swift rush of water, which 
would surelv drown them. 



It would not make much difference how the 
details of such a plan as this were worked up, 
provided all was open and clean-handed. 
There would probably be some ap.ithy on the 
part of the masses at first, but the State Con- 
vention contest would serve to wake them up, 
and when the primary was called for the local 
convention there would be plenty of spirit and 
enthusiasm. The "toughs" who now sur- 
round Martin Kelly and Phil Crimmins might 
attempt to interfere, and make the first pri- 
mary disreputable, but the managing commit- 
tee could prevent that by swearing in a suffi- 
cient number of special police to arrest them, 
and when arrested provide a sufficient sum of 
money to prosecute and send them to jail. I 



6 



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am aware that a term in jail has no terrors for 
the average ward-striker, but a term that 
commences just as politics begin to boil, is 
cordially disliked and generally avoided. 

I am quite certain that the excellent advice 
I have tendered to these contending factions 
will be thrown away. Steeped in their own 
conceit, and secure in self-assurance, neither 
of them will heed it. None are so blind as 
those who will not see, and I have long known 
that it is useless to reason with a thick-headed 
politician. Indeed, if the leaders do not sus- 
pect me of desiring to boss the party myself, 
I shall be thankful. But the fact still remains 
that the Democratic party cannot win at the 
next election unless it is united. It might, 
perhaps, if the opposition was not so strong, 
but with all its sins upon its head — corrup- 
tion, incompetency, and boodling — the Repub- 
lican partj' will not be routed this year by a 
divided Democracy. However, thank Heaven, 
I have converted all my money into United 
States bonds, and I can safely live two years 
longer under Martin Kelly and Phil Crim- 
mins. A man who has his money in regis- 
tered bonds cannot be robbed. 

* * * 

TALKING OF IMPROVEMENTS (which 
I am not) reminds me of a story that George 
Sanderson told at the Press Club, the other 
day. When the Mayor is not in his office, the 
dignity of the place descends, like Elijah's 
mantle, on George, and he receives visitors, 
booms the city, and otherwise conducts him- 
self as becomes the son and private Secretary 
of his Honor. A short time ago, two literary 
ladies from Chicago (they were with the 
League of Press Clubs, but that is an old mat- 
ter) called at the New City Hall, and asked for 
information concerning the municipalit}'. Mr. 
Sanderson was all politeness ; anxious and 
willing always to serve the fair sex, he became 
a veritable slave to every thought they had, 
and their note-books were shortly crowded 
with data enough to fill a dozen Sunday 
papers. * * '* 

Mr. Sanderson was modest and gallant in 
his comments on San Francisco. "Of course," 
said he, ' ' our city is not as large as Chicago, 
but we are growing steadily and surely." 

One of the ladies got the Mayor's annual 
message, and took the population in round 
numbers. 

"We have many things to be proud of," 
continued George, ' ' and the Australian ballot 
system will perpetuate Republican rule in this 
city, now that Mr. Buckley is absent.'' 

Some explanations followed, from which the 
ladies jotted down notes to the effect that Mr. 
Buckley had been Secretary of the city, and 
as such had always cast the ballot of the 
citizens for the Democratic candidates. 

" The buildings are not as big as yours in 
Chicago," said Mr. Sanderson, after the mat- 
ter had been clearly explained to them ; "but 
we are doing fairly well. This great structure 
is something of which we are naturally proud, 
but when you return, in a few years, you will 
see a vast improvement in it" 

" Yes," said one of the ladies, " we noticed 



that you are tearing it down. How many 
stories will the new building be?" 

* * * 

AT AN ANTE-NUPTIAL DINNER 
given this week in honor of a gentleman who 
has carried away one of California's fairest 
flowers, an accident happened that came near 
being serious. A number of gentlemen had 
been invited to meet the prospective bride- 
groom, and a very enjoyable evening was 
spent in the discussion of new and dainty 
evidence of the chefs art. As the dinner 
progressed, one of the guest's turned to his 
companion and asked him how he liked San 
Francisco. 

"Ah, it's — ah — very fair town," was the 
reply. 

"Well, I should think it was. We arc 
proud of it, sir: proud of it. And if we do 
have some ruffians in politics, a Grand Jury, 
such as the last, would shortly rid the body 
politic of its sores. What, sir, do you think 
of the climate ? " 

* * * 

The gentleman interrogated smiled gently: 
" The truth is," he said; " I — ah — haven't had 
the best chawnce in the world to note your 
excellence of atmospheric conditions; I 
haven't had more than — ah — a sample of it, 
you know, and " 

"Very good, very good," cried the other; 
" but, sir; we are proud of our climate. True, 
there are some months when it is not pleas- 
ant, but I believe the last Grand Jury could 
have arranged that. Have you been to the 
Cliff House ? A beautiful view there, sir; 
magnificent on a pleasant day." 

" I drove out there yesterday, and — ah — 
enjoyed it very much. But the seals kept up 
such a confounded racket that one could — ah 
— hardly hear the rollers break." 

" That is a drawback, but if the last Grand 
Jury, by an infamous decision, had not been 
declared unconstitutional, we could have 
remedied that. The last Grand " 

" Pardon me, but Bob Wieland is to be 
called on to respond to ' San Francisco,' and 
we want to give him a couple of minutes to 
prepare an impromptu speech," said a gentle- 
man, interrupting ex-Senator Lynch; "and 
if you keep on talking to him he " 

' ' And I thought you were the bride- 
groom," said Jerry. 

" It's a matter for the last Grand Jury," 
Bob replied. 

* * * 

HABIT IS A CRUEL MASTER, and 
some of us are never strong enough to take 
service under another. J. N. E- Wilson's 
Habit has conquered him completely, and he is 
suffering at the tongues of some joking friends 
for what he cannot help. A few nights ago — 
indeed, it was that particular one made ever 
glorious by the arrival of his excellency, 
Daniel M. Burns, from a foreign prison — Mr. 
Wilson went to his home at an unseemly 
hour, and found a number of visitors there. 
I shall not say what influence Dan Burns had 
on him, nor shall I speak of the gladsome 



greetings that passed between these repre- 
sentatives of a dominant party. Rather shall 
I permit Mr. Wilson to speak for himself in 
tHis matter. 

* * * 

As he walked in on the guests some of 
them noticed that he was not fully dressed; 
indeed, although it wanted a few minutes to 
six o'clock, he carried his shoes under his 
arm, and slid into the room in a quiet and 
unobtrusive way. He expressed great delight 
at seeing so many happy faces about him, 
and it was only after his speech was finished 
that someone called attention to the fact that 
he was not wearing shoes. 

"Oh, it's my Habit," said Mr. Wilson, 
"to take off my shoes wheu I come in as late 
as this; I don't like to nuke a noise, and 
arouse the baby." 

" Why, it's only six o'clock in the even- 
ing," some one said. 

" It's only six o'clock in the evening? Well 
■ of course, it's only six o'clock. I know 
that. By the way," he whispered to hi s 
aunt, "will you run down stairs and light 
the gas in the hall ? I turned it out as I 
came in." 

* * * 

IT IS A NOTICEABLE FACT that many 
of the most important benefactions for which 
the world has lately been called on to return 
thanks, have come from women. It has not, 
I believe, been urged that the gentler sex is 
more generous in large things than man ; 
indeed, I doubt that a statement of that kind 
could be proved. That they give oftener and 
with greater readiness, is easily shown ; but 
that they part with large sums as often as 
their husbands, is not a fact. Still, many 
charitable o-ganizations ow r e their existence 
and continuance to the efforts of women who 
are seldom heard from with large sums, prob- 
ably for the reason that they fritter their sub- 
stance away in continual giving. 

I am informed that Mrs. Hearst, to whom 
many people are indebted for a kindly and 
secret charity, purposes giving to this city a 
museum. That there is anything we need 
more I doubt ; a public building of any kind, 
that is not erected for utilitarian purposes, 
would be in the nature 'Of a great surprise ; 
and this element would increase in proportion 
to the value of the structure and the splendor 
of the contents. Mrs. Hearst has had this 
matter in contemplation for some time ; but 
the unsettled condition of the estate of the 
late Senator was, I believe, the only reason 
why it did not gain publicity before. The 
museum is intended for the Park, a choice of 
location that will be generally commended, 
and will have a site near the conservatory. 

Mrs. Hearst has in her possession now many 
articles that might form the nucleus of a mag- 
nificent museum ; I believe the family owns 
the finest collection of Americana in the coun- 
try. Mr. Will Hearst, some time ago, bought 
extensively, at the Eastern sales, articles 



THE WAV EC . 



7 



whose intrinsic value was increased by a long 
and authenticated record. I have not learned 
when Mrs. Hearst purposes making the for- 
mal announcement of her intention ; I sin- 
cerely hope it will be soon, as a museum for 
the public is something that San Francisco 
has needed since to the town there came a 
woman broad-minded, generous, and rich I 
enough to speak of building one. 

* * * 

HANGING IN EFFIGY is the weak 
expression of a powerless populace's disgust 
at the conduct of one of its number. Frank 
Leech, who is said to be in the newspaper 
profession in Oakland, had his counterfeit 
presentment of straw suspended by the wind- 
pipeless neck until he was alive to the in- 
dignity put upon him. The citizens, when 
the mmikia refused to yell for mercy, pelted 
the make-believe Leech with turf, potatoes, 
bits of coal, cabbages, and turnips to the un- 
looked-for enrichment of the larders of all the 
poor in the vicinity. I am told Leech will 
bring suit against the people who got the 
green groceries for their recovery; I hope he 
wins the case in two years, and that he be 
made to eat the stakes. 

The offense charged against Leech is a 
serious one; indeed, the punishment vicari- 
ously visited on his effigy is not too severe; 
the people of Oakland say that Leech exists; 
that is the present crime alleged against Sid- 
ney Bell, and the police are working to 
remove the offense. But hanging a man in 
effigy, however satisfying to the lynchers, is 
not a dignified way of visiting punishment on 
a deserving man; Guy Fawkes is still hanged 
in England, but my pen parts to Frank 
Leech's immortal parts, he never feels it. No, 
the people of Oakland should not have hanged 
the editor of the Enquirer; they should have 
read him to death with one of his own 
editorials. 

* * * 

SOME YEARS AGO before political pre- 
ferment " tacked on " United States District 
Attorney to the name of Charley Garter, that 
gentleman was a lover of sports; and he gave 
more attention to baseball than to Blackstone. 
He was a member of one of the flourishing 
clubs, the Oak Leaves, I believe, and had 
been instrumental in wiping up the ground 
with the adversary over at Berkeley. A 
banquet followed the victory, and about fifty 
gentlemen met at the old Lafayette Hotel, 
and enjoyed the delicacies of the season and 
the latest crop of jokes. There were a num- 
ber of good speeches made, and the time 
passed swiftly. 

Mr. Garter was called on to respond to a 
toast toward the end of the feast, and it was 
noticed wfoen he arose that he looked pale 
and ill. He had fallen heavily on the field, 
and some of his friends thought he was 
suffering from the effects of that. With 
much eloquence he spoke on the burning 
question of the day: "Shall Baseball Be- 
come the National Game?" and was loud 



for the affirmative. As he spoke, he was seen j 
to reel; his face became purple, and he would 
have fallen had not some friends rushed to 
his assistance. He had fainted. Kindly 
hands bore him to the outer air; he was 
placed gently on the ground, and — " My God," I 
cried one of the banqueters, "he has a 
hemorrhage." It, indeed, looked as if Mr. 1 
Garter had attended his last banquet. A 
doctor was summoned, and before his arrival 
the terror-stricken revelers stood around 
Garter, watching his struggles for breath, I 
and manj- were the encomiums spoken as they 
watched " poor Charley" die. The physician 
came at last; the sick man's friends watched 
him narrowly as he diagnosed the case. 

" Is it a hemorrhage? " asked one. 

"Yes, sir;" said the doctor, and his voice 
was very stern; " a hemorrage — of claret." 

Mr. Garter then arose, and finished his 
speech. 

# % * 

THE DEFECTION of George Hanlon from 
the stage, while not an unusual thing, 
is sufficiently striking to merit attention. 
I knew Hanlon just well enough to under- 
stand that he was not pious for advertis- 
ing purposes, although when he joined Cal- 
vary Presbyterian Church here I was tempted 
to write it up as a scheme that outdid the 
lost diamonds, or the narrow escape from a 
hotel fire. Mr. Hanlon was serious in his 
piety; indeed, to the point of being a crank. 
He had some plan of elevating the stage, of 
bringing the mummer nearer to the preacher, 
and of establishing a bond of sympathy be- 
tween the buckskin and the surplice. He 
was opposed to Sunday theatricals, and for 
some time past positively refused to accept his 
percentage of receipts from productions on 
the Lord's day. 

I remember when he applied for admission 
as a member of Calvary Church that there 
was some opposition to him. Some of the 
" unco guid " did not desire to have him as 
an associate, although, from my knowledge of 
the applicant and of those opposed to him, I 
am inclined to think that he will be a minis- 
tering angel in Heaven, when they are yowl- 
ing in the stew-pots of Hades. Selah. Dr. 
Easton favored Hanlon's application, and 
probably rejoiced more over it than he would 
have done at the request of ninety-nine who 
were not on the stage. In his efforts to get 
it favorably acted on, he was assisted by 
Thomas Magee and Charles Layton, and, 
after a hard fight, the Session accepted George 
Hanlon. I am sorry to see the actor has gone 
astray ; he has left the stage, and is studying 
for the ministry. 

* * * 

A TYPICAL ENGLISHMAN is Maurice 
E. Kenealy, son of that famous Q. C. who 
made the world ring with the story of the 
Titchborne claimant. Mr. Kenealy happens to 
be in the newspaper profession from choice, and 
it is greatly to his credit, etc., that he is. He 
arrived in the city a few days ago from 
Alaska, where he edited the Alaskan, much 



to the satisfaction of the people of Sitka and 
to the enrichment of a purse that is now as 
heavy as a broken heart. When he took hold 
of the paper it was the property and rat-hole 
of that distinguished statesman, Governor 
Swineford, who poured his money into it 
with the generosity of all patrons of letters. 
Mr. Kenealy made it pay. 

* * * 

It is not generally known that there arc 
three members of the Kenealy family in this 
country, Maurice, Alexander, who is on the 
Chicago Tribune's editorial staff, and Miss 
Anne- ley Kenealy, matron of the Orthopedic 
Hospital of Philadelphia. Alexander Ken- 
ealy went with the Greenland expedition last 
year, and his letters made a hit. For a long 
time he did obituary work on the New York 
Herald, and his articles on the passing away 
of well-known men attracted some attention. 
When a well-known public man lay at the 
point of death a Chicago paper telegraphed 
to its representative in New York: "Any 

hope of 's recovery ? " The reply came 

back: " None; Dr. Ha — h — y is the physician 
and Kenealy has written the obituary." 

* * * 

Lloyd Osbourne, Robert Louis Stevenson's 
stepson, is in town on a species of holiday 
lour. The news he brings about the great 
writer is most reassuring and satisfactory to 
his numberless admirers. In his Samoan 
home he enjoys excellent health, and has 
actually become quite robust. Though by no 
means wedded to savage life he finds it diffi- 
cult to tear himself away from a clime that 
has done so much lor him physically. Steven- 
son, Mr. Osbourne says, has written a new 
story which he regards as his masterpiece. It 
has more vitality in it than " Kidnaped," and 
is as weird as " Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." 
McClure's syndicate has purchased the serial 
rights, I believe, and the story will appear in 
the Sunday press. This is rather better than 
having it doled out in meagre monthly frag- 
ments by the magazines as " The Wrecker" is. 

♦ ss ♦ 

Regarding this most fascinating tale, 
Osbourne tells me the mystery — one that is 
really worth being mysterious over — is main- 
tained to the last. In order, therefore, to 
obtain any satisfaction it will be necessary to 
pursue the fate of Pinkenton and his friend to 
the bitter end. Mr. Osbourne is staying at 
the California, and has several times been a 
guest of the Gridiron Club at the headquar- 
ters of that interesting organization on 
Merchant Street. 

* * * 

Keith has in his studio several of the great- 
est landscapes he has ever painted. Two in 
particular — one of them a moonlit scene, the 
orb of night rising from behind a clump of 
pine trees with a bit of dusky road in the fore- 
ground; the other, a patch of open ground 
surrounded by trees with a blood-red moon 
in the background, are admirable in their 
weird suggestion. They are works of genius, 
as good as Corot. It is to be hoped that 
local lovers of art will secure these pictures. 



8 



THE WAVE. 



If exhibited in the East they would certainly 
arouse the critics to enthusiasm. 

HOW IS IT one never hears of an under- 
taker with literary proclivities? In that 
business the incongruities are so pronounced 
that the opportunities for humor and pathos are 
endless. Tragedy and comedy are continually 
colliding. Here is a little story which, unlike 
most of its kind, has the advantage of being 
true. It is submitted as proof positive that it 
is not always the unreadable that occurs. 
The assistant of an undertaker at the Mission 
had donned his best clothes preparatory to 
paying court to his sweetheart. She, a neigh- 
boring beauty — he rather a well set-up young 
man with considerable breadth of shoulder. 
In his brilliant array, flower in button hole, 
cane in hand, he was on the very verge of 
departure when a call came — a corpse. It 
was incumbent on him to prepare the body 
for the grave. 

* * * 

Being a case of business before pleasure he- 
proceeded to use the utmost dispatch in the 
execution of his unpleasant duties. It was 
the body of a respectable mechanic and the 
disconsolate widow was determined to give 
him a fine funeral. The gallant undertaker 
removed his coat, laid it carefully on the bed, 
and in ten minutes had made substantial prog- 
ress. As he was putting on the finishing 
touches in the latest undertaking style the 
bereaved wife came to the door with a coat. 

" This," she said, "is his best coat, poor man. 
He wore it every Sunday and I'd not be 
happy if he did not wear it in his grave. God 
rest his soul." 

" Nothing simpler, ma'am," the undertaker 
replied infusing deep sympathy into his voice. 
" Just lay it on the bed there and Til put it 
on him in a jiffy." 

* * * 

The departed was tall and thin. Whoever 
imagines it is easy decorating a corpse for the 
casket is in error. It is hard work. The 
undertaker's heart's love was already await- 
ing his coming. A happy thought struck 
him. He took the coat from the bed and 
quickly ripped it up the back. Then he 
experienced no difficulty in putting it on. 
Into" the coffin he put the corpse, smoothed 
out the folds and summoned the widow. She 
burst into a torrent of tears as she contem. 
plated her dear departed, when her eye was 
caught by the coat. 

"That coat he was so fond of," she ex- 
claimed through her sobs. "It did not fit 
him like that." She pointed to the collar, 
which, in spite of the undertaker's efforts, 
hung on him but loosely. 

" Yes, ma'am, but the illness always reduces 
them." There was no question about his 
deep sorrow at her sad loss. 

" But the last time he wore it, poor man, it 
lay on him like a glove," she persisted. 

"I don't doubt it, ma'am. Me own father 
who just died this time last year, was just the 



same way." The undertaker was getting a 
little uneasy. 

"Where did that flower come from?" 
Suddenly her tears stopped flowing. She 
bent over the corpse. So did the undertaker. 

" That is not me husband's coat," she said 
peremptorily. 

"Well, whose coat should it be, ma'am? 
Here's me own." The undertaker advanced 
confidently to the bed. He stopped, started, 
grew pale. 

It was his own best garment slit up the 
back that the corpse was wearing. 



NOT HANDSOME BUT USE- 
FUL. 

Our winter with or without discontent, is decidedly 
on the wane, and very soon Society will be on the 
wing. Every year more and more people visit the 
Yosemite, but comparatively few women know how 
to make the trip with any degree of comfort. Once 
iu the valley it is a mountain trip pure and simple, 
and can be made a season of unmixed delight or 
almost unbearable misery, according to the manner 
in which one is dressed. In the first place no corset 
should be worn. A beauty waist, snug yet com- 
fortable, suspends its weight from the shoulders. 
The stocking suspenders buttou to this, as do also the 
woolen knickerbockers or divided skirt. The shoes 
should be wide of sole and low heeled. Gaiters of 
cloth protect the ankles and meet the divided skirts. 
The dress should be short, of storm serge, gray, 
brown, or blue. If black is desired alpaca is by far 
the best selection. With either serge or alpaca skirts 
a sailor blouse or Norfolk waist of surah should be 
worn. A leather belt and bag are a great comfort, 
because a woman may carry with her a chamois for 
powder and many little things necessary for her com- 
fort. A needle and pin case with thimble and 
thread are useful, and to prevent tan she should carry 
a cake of cocoa butter and use it on her face every 
night. After a day's climbing it is well to wash the face 
with cocoa butter instead of water, as this will pre- 
vent smarting and redness. Afterward au equal mix- 
ture of Fuller's earth and precipitate chalk should be 
used as a powder. It is not enough to merely lightly 
dust the face with this powder. It should be rubbed 
iu well, as that is the only way to make chalk adhere, 
and a good coating of this mixture will effectually 
guard against freckles and sunburn. Before retiring 
the face should be washed in as hot water as can be 
borne, and there is no harm iu using a good toilet 
soap. Then rub the face well with a towel and apply 
whatever lotion or cerate that experience has proven 
valuable for your skin. Before starting out next 
morning repeat the process with cocoa butter and 
powder, and there need be no worry about the com- 
plexion. 

The dress should have two large pockets, one on 
each side, for emergencies, and the tourist's bag, 
which is slung across the shoulders with a leather 
strap, should contain a small comb, brush, tooth 
brush, and hand glass as well as hair pins, pen knife, 
pencil pad, some string, a small pair of scissors, a 
roll of courtplaster, a drinking cup, a small flask, a 
small bottle of Florida water, a field glass, several 
clean handkerchiefs, and a shoulder cape for extra 



warmth when sitting down to rest. This souuds like 
a formidable array, but each article is small and 
makes up little in bulk or weight, and a day's outing 
is more comfortable for their existence. Gloves made 
of pig skin and without buttons should be worn, and 
a- broad-brimmed, light-weight straw hat, such as men 
wear in the harvest field, will prove a blessing. Add 
to this au alpenstock and a fair maiden may do the 
Yosemite thoroughly with ease and independence of 
civilization. When she gets back to the Stonemau 
House she will feel more comfortable if she has taken 
the forethought to carry an extra dress, something 
which will answer for dinner, not a regulation affair, 
but dressy enough to pass muster. This is all she 
will need beside her traveling dress, and the remainder 
of her steamer trunk should be filled with extra 
underclothing, especially hosiery, for the trip is 
nothing if not dirty. Canvas shoes with yellow- 
leather look much neater than black ones for tramp- 
ing, and a vigorous use of a whisk broom, and a 
sponging with alcohol and water will soon remove 
any evidences of mountaineering when the home- 
ward journey is contemplated. Should the change of 
air and water produce an unnatural thirst it can be 
relieved by squeezing lemon juice over a nickel and 
then rolling the nickel with the tongue. If this is 
not practical, try a splinter of fresh pine, or, better 
still, carry some peppermint lozenges. 

Railroad and carriage driving is also hard on the 
clothing, and if silk or fine diagonals are worn, they 
are very apt to take a disagreeable shine, to the Yose- 
mite, as it were. To remove this, lay the garment on 
a table with a flannel wet with cider vinegar and rub 
the shiny places well until they have disappeared. It 
does not matter how wet the garment gets. Hang it 
up in the shade to dry, and the shiny gloss that 
made the new garment look old will have vanished, 
leaving it as fresh and crisp as when first worn. The 
same place will never require another treatment, but 
this must only be done with silks or diagonals. 

If velvet should be among the garnitures of dress 
or wrap, (and I have long ago despaired of women 
ever learning that diamonds, silks, and velvets are 
not always good dressing,) there will be a woflil 
condition of things. 

The velvet can be thoroughly ridded of dust by using 
a fine unwashed sponge. Be careful to select a firm, 
fine-textured sponge, and then, on jour sacred honor, 
refrain from dipping it in water. If you do it will 
never serve your purpose for cleaning velvet. Shake 
it well to remove anything which may stick to it, and 
then use it on your velvet as if it were a brush. Then 
take a hot iron; put it bottom upward, and cover it 
with a wet towel folded in several thicknesses. I 'ass 
the velvet, with the pile up, over the steaming iron 
slowly until the 'pile looks fresh and new. When 
finished lay the velvet in a smooth place where [noth- 
ing will touch the pile to flatten and crush it, and 
leave it to dry. 

For the woman who is a slave to a face veil there 
is comfort in the knowledge that she can freshen and 
restore her treasure by dipping it into some of the 
Florida water or perfume which she has carried. 
Squeeze it with the fingers, and then carefully 
straighten the edges and hold it until it dries. Chenille 
dotted or thread run veils or plain tulle are all that 
can be treated in this way, for jets and gilt dots will 
come off in the wash. If women would take their 
veils and carefully roll them, pinching the edges in 
the fingers and leaving them that way after each 
wearing, they would last longer and prove much 
more satisfactory than to leave them knotted and 
wrinkled as worn. It only takes a moment to shake 
them out and lay them away properly, and a tidy 
woman thinks better of herself for having done so. 

It is something to know that carboline, a prepara- 
tion of petroleum, will clean kid shoes nicely, and 
prevent any kind of dressing from cracking the kid, 
and it is also an excellent dressing for the hair, giving 
it a gloss superior to brilliantine and being excellent 
for the scalp. Frona Eunice Wait. 



THE VIENNA MODEL BAKERY. 
206 Kearny Street, 
r. beck, - - proprietor. 



Sou Francisco, Aug. 26th, 1891 



The Central Milling Co., 

Gentlemen: 

We cheerfully recommend your "Drifted Snow Flour" 
as being the tvhitest and beat family /four we hai r ever used. 

Your s, 

B. BECK <£• CO., 

Vienna Model Bakery. 



9 



THE LOVE OF PANCHITA. 

SOL N. SHERIDAN. 



She was a Spanish woman — and she loved 
him. She would have given her soul's salva- 
tion for him. Nay, mayhap she did — for who 
knows what comes afterward! Who knows 
but the good God and the Holy Mother ? 

And what woman could have helped loving 
him! He was tall, and lithe, and graceful, 
like a god, with eyes blue as glimpses of the 
depths of heaven, and tawny hair like the 
flames of gold that are in the sky at sunset — 
and there was not a vaquero on the rancho 
who sat his horse more gracefully than Walter. 
He was an American, you see, but his blood 
was of the pure old Anglo-Saxon, and the 
men about the rancho hated him — as men of a 
dark race hate their lighter fellows, and as 
men hate a stranger anyway who comes among 
them from a distant land, and takes their 
women, and excels them in their own sports 
and labors with the unconscious superiority 
of a master. 

But Panchila! Panchita was a woman. 
From the first day that she came home from 
the convent at Los Angeles she had laid her 
heart at the feet of her father's major-domo — 
and he had taken the gift as a man takes 
such things. There are thousands of women 
in the world, and a man whose life is full with 
the serious concerns of life may find time for 
trifling by the way, perhaps, but cannot give 
his best self to such a little thing as love. 
Women give themselves to it, to be sure, but 
then their lives are filled with petty things 
and they have leisure for dreaming. Men 
must see that the sheep are corraled, and the 
cattle properly housed and guarded, and the 
grapes pressed, and the crops gathered. 
Love can come afterwards — love and amuse- 
ment. 

And yet Walter was not unconscious of the 
devotion he had awakened. A much older 
man would have been flattered by the soft 
glances from her dark, languorous eyes — for 
any woman can win a thing so paltry as man's 
love who satisfies his vanity — and he played 
with the child in his god-like way, throwing 
her caresses as he might have thrown bones 
to a hungry dog. 

And Panchita! Panchita ffd upon the 
crumbs he gave her. She was a woman. 

But there came times when it was madden- 
ing. One gets so hungry — and husks are dry 
feeding. 

Besides, there was Jose Sanchez. Jose 
loved Panchita, madly, desperately, passion- 
ately, as the youth of the dark races love, 
and he hated this cool, lordly American with 
an intensity equaled only by his love for the 
girl. From childhood they had been destined 
for each other. The old Don, Panchita's 
father, was the boy's guardian, he had been 
reared as one of the family, and the Sanchez 
lands would have made a princely domain 
added to the rancho of the old Don. 

It was upon Panchita that the hopes of two 
families rested — and Panchita teased Jose and 
laughed at" him, and played with him as a 
sister might, and loved Walter. 

And so matters went at the rancho through 
all the long, dry months of the summer, the 
old Don seeing nothing. Men are so blind 
about these things. 

But Jose saw, for boys love if men do not, 
and his love made him keen— and the women, 
for they taunted him and jeered at .him, and 
his love and his hate grew apace; the one 
passion from repression and the other from 
expression. 

He was not slow to show his hate. No, no. 



The lordly American knew well enough that 
he had a bitter enemy in the slight young 
man whose eyes looked balefully upon him 
when they met — knew it and despised the 
enemy, as men spurn a snake until it has 
turned and bitten them. 

Still the old Don knew nothing of the 
comedy being played out within the walls of 
the old ranch house — the comedy that might 
upon any sunny day become a tragedy that 
would put the stain of blood, perhaps of 
shame, upon an honest name. But the women 
knew — knew and watched and waited for the 
inevitable meeting of the antagonistic forces. 
Jose, too, knew that the end must come, and 
speedily, and prayed for it, for he was growing 
thin and sallow under the struggle of con- 
tending passions within him — and Panchita 
knew. But, if Walter knew, he made no 
sign. He was cool and careless as ever — a 
god in all his movements; something less than 
a man, perhaps, in his actions. 

It came at last. It was a glorious December 
night — a night in the southern latitudes of 
California. It was Panchita's birthnight, 
and the old Don, to pleasure the child of his 
love, had gathered all the young men and 
maidens from the ranchos for miles around, 
and there was dancing in the long dining- 
room, and out in the court-yard colored lights 
flashed upon the golden balls nestled by 
nature in the dark foliage of the orange 
trees. 

Panchita had reigned queen of the bailie — 
for was she not the youngest and the fairest of 
the senoritas there ? And in her dark hair, 
black as the sky without, there gleamed at 
midnight the golden dust of cascaronis that 
her cavaliers had broken there, as without the 
golden dust of stars gleamed in the sky 
above. Walter's tawny hair was filled with 
the glittering love offerings, too, and Jose — 
well, the boy had been strangely silent that 
night, as though the heat and the lights had 
oppressed him, and he had stood out upon 
the low veranda with the men, sullenly roll- 
ing cigarette after cigarette, and only show- 
ing that he was alive by the strange lights 
that gleamed in his eyes, lights born of the 
native brandy he had taken, perhaps, or of 
the wild, half barbaric music of the dance. 

There was to be a supper at midnight, and 
the gay company went chattering along the low 
corridor, dim lit with the sputtering candles 
placed in silver sconces along the adobe walls, 
to the room wherein the women had spread 
the plenty of the richest rancho in all the 
south. 

Only Panchita was missing — and Walter. 

" It is a love tryst," laughed the women, 
but the old Don frowned a little. Then, with 
Castilian courtliness, he bade his guests fall 
too. Nobody had noticed that Jose, too, was 
absent. The boy had been so quiet all the 
night that the gay revelers had well nigh 
forgotten his existence. 

Meanwhile, out in the court-yard whither 
they had strolled after the last waltz, a man 
and a woman stood half in the shadow of an 
orange tree that drooped low above the little 
fountain. The water, falling down with 
softest music, was 'but a night voice deepening 
the silence. 

" And you will leave me, Walter?" the 
woman said. 

The man shrugged his shoulders, an invisi- 
ble gesture in the darkness. " Yes," he said, 
briefly. 

" But why?" 

"Oh, Panchita, don't be a fool. This is no 
country for a man of energy. Why, I would 
become as lazy as these greasers if I staid 
here a year or two longer." 



"But, Walter," and she nestled close to 
him, taking his hands in hers and clasping 
his anus about her, " I am here, and I love 
you." 

He did not take his arms away. The posi- 
tion was pleasant enough, so pleasant that 
another man who stood still deeper in the 
shadow clenched his teeth as though in 
mortal pain, and clasped still more firmly the 
hilt of the dirk he held in his hand. 

The man holding the girl pressed close to 
him, was silent for a long time. 

" It is time," he said at last, " that we stop 
all his nonsense. Love is for boys and 
women. Men have no time for such things." 

" Walter ! " she exclaimed springing away 
from him, as though he had struck her. 

"Come, come, Panchita," laughed the 
man, " you are too sensible a girl to give way 
to this sort of thing." 

"Walter," she repeated, and there came 
into her eyes a look as of one prescient with 
the great future. 

He laughed, a little nervously perhaps, and 
made as though to hold her once more in his 
arms, but she stepped backward quickly, 

"Walter," she said in a strange hall 
whisper, " you must not, you dare not leave 
me, My father would kill me — and you." 

The other man in the deeper shadow 
writhed in his agony. 

The man standing there beside the stricken 
woman, for tears had come to her relief now, 
threw back his tawny head and laughed, a 
laugh that one of his Viking ancestors might 
have thrown in the teeth of the north wind. 

" The men of my race do not fear, Panchita . 
To-morrow I leave you. The Don knows it 
already — has known it for weeks. Let me 
kissyou good-bye now, where others will not 
see. 1 ' 

But almost as he spoke she had gone from 
him and he saw her white draperies fluttering 
away in the half shadows. 

Then he turned and walked in another direc- 
tion, laughing softly as he went, and close 
behind him crept the dark shadow that had 
lurked beneath the trees. 

Walter walked on through the court-yard 
buried in thought, and, just as he turned to 
go again into the house, a lithe form sprang 
into the path in front of him. 

" Curse you! " said the voice of Jose, "curse 
you! " 

Walter saw the gleam of steel upraised in 
the hand of the desperate man. He saw it 
descending towards his heart. He almost felt 
its icy touch — for so quickly had it happened 
that he was given no time to even ward the 
blow — when he seemed to see a shadow dart 
between him and the knife, and a woman 
down upon whose white dress there streamed 
warm blood, sank into his arms with one 
piercing, awful cry, such a cry as the Cali- 
fornia lioness gives from her lair in the rocks. 

There was hurrying to and fro, and shout- 
ing of men and screaming of women, and 
Walter carried his burden, cold and dead now, 
into the dingy old chamber that had \kvu her 
mother's — while far out across the hills, where 
the grass was just springing up, there rushed 
a madman who cried aloud to the darkness: 

" My God, I loved her! My God, my God! 
I loved her! " 



Martin, Morrison & Co., at 118 Geary St., have 
refitted and now have the finest funeral parlors on 
the eoast. 



The Santa Cruz Surf says: "President Harrison's 
condiu I in this affair has been ignoble and unworthy 
of the fair-minded, peace-loving people whom lie repre- 
sents. His bltUtM has been in painful contrast with 
the calm dignity this Government ouj{ht to have 
maintained." 



The Ulave 

A SOCIETY, LITERARY AND POLITICAL JOURNAL 



Usued Weekly from Office of Publication at San 
Francisco 

By COSGRAVE & HUME. 



San Francisco, February 6, 1892. 



DANGERS OF THE PARK. 

The interesting " gun fight " that occurred 
on the plains of San Francisco, the other day, 
is attracting much attention to this city, whose 
plan of civilization appears to rest on the 
swinging lariat and the ready revolver. The 
results of the encounter I regret very much ; 
and, while I have never seen the unfortunate 
citizen through whom the liberties and rights 
of all San Franciscans were fired on, I sympa- 
thize with his family, and also with that other 
one who was so shortly to become a member 
of it. 

Out oh the plains, where Mr. de Greayer 
was first lassoed and then murdered, the des- 
perate character of the people who travel them 
may be guessed from the fact that each guard- 
ian of the peace is given his tools — a revolver 
and lariat — and is turned loose to insult, shoot, 
and murder at will. So far removed from San 
Francisco is the Park that the kindly influen- 
ces of an over-ripe civilization have not spread 
thither, and are not yet attested by anything 
more modern than the lariat. The dangers 
attending the occupancy of an office such as 
Harper held — policeman of the ruffian-infested 
territory lying between Market Street and the 
ocean — may not be lightly estimated ; and 
they are of such a character that only one who 
had spent his early life "shooting the day- 
lights" out of sheriffs' posses, " gunnin' for 
tenderfcet," and " baggin' bosses," could suc- 
cessfully cope with them. Unwary travelers 
through the Park are murdered, scalped, and 
robbed every week ; bands of predatory rene- 
gades are in the habit of making a dragonnade 
every day or two through the Park, on whose 
arid lengths and breadths bleach the bones of 
many of their victims. If we did not have 
cool, brave, nervy cowboys and scouts to 
guide the emigrant on his way to civilization, 
or protect him from the desperate marauders 
of the plains, murders would occur much more 
frequently. The movement to disarm these 
scouts is a pernicious one, in the present 
unsettled condition of the wandering tribes ; 
they should be allowed to keep their lariats, 
as some of the renegades whom they have 
been insulting and shooting may take it into 
their heads to hang a scout, and if a rope is 
not handy the ceremonies may have to be 
postponed. 

Take the ready revolver away from city and 



THE WAVE. 



park policemen ; when he uses it he invariably 
hits the wrong man, as he i* uninjured when 
the smoke clears away. 



SENATORIAL TRUTHS- 

My expression of opinion on the Senatorial 
outlook caused some comment this week, and 
contemporaries, esteemed and otherwise, were 
pleased to write at length about it. The 
Call, whose proprietor is in his driveling 
dotage and whose editor i6 in his doting drive- 
lage, had a short and humorous paragraph 
constructed on the plan of all the Gill's wit. 
If De Young is against Felton, Felton will be 
elected. Well, De Young is against Felton, 
and time will prove that the poor old granny 
of the dailies has been stammering through 
her gums. 

Events of the past week have changed the 
appearance of Senatorial politics to some 
extent. Morrow cannot be Circuit Judge; 
Van Fleet is said to have taken luncheon 
with a man connected with the railroad; Mc- 
Kenna has too many enemies; Spencer is 
alleged to know Stanford, who appointed him 
a university trustee. Now, in speaking of 
changed appearances, let me show you my 
reasons for believing that Felton will try to 
succeed himself : He has been somewhat 
cold in his support of all these men, and is 
"red-hot" in his advocacy of the claims of 
M. M. Estee for the place of Circuit Judge. 
Why ? Estee is an unknown political quan- 
tity with a penchant for getting into fights and 
trading votes; he was the State administra- 
tion candidate for the Senate last year, and 
will make a good run again; Mr. Felton is 
trying to side-track and shelve him on the 
Circuit Bench. 

Another man who has " declared his inten- 
tions " toward the United States Senate is 
General Barnes. He is bright, eloquent, able, 
but I fear will never see the fruition of his 
ambition; he has not enough- money to buy 
the seat, and if any corporation sought to do 
the purchasing for him questions might be 
asked. 

General Barnes would not develop a great 
deal of strength, but might have an influ- 
ence on the last ballot or two; I doubt that he 
would oppose Mr. De Young. 

Returning to Estee; I believe that he will 
refuse the Circuit Judgeship as he did the 
Japanese mission. He had reason to expect 
something more than a consular appointment 
or a judgeship; he would prefer to take his 
chances in a free-for-all fight for Senator, with 
possibilities beyond that, rather than accept a 
certainty in small salary and little honor as 
Judge. 

Mr. Felton will have to work hard to win 
his fight, even if Estee were out of the way 
De Young would give him a hard tussle; and 
some of Felton's friends may insist on his 
keeping his promises to the editor of the 
Chronicle; promises that old Mrs. Pickering 
and the Call know nothing of, but which 



such men as J. D. Spreckels and others know 
were made. 



The members of the Press Club of San 
Francisco, loaded for bear and whatever other 
game came within gunshot, met at their 
rooms on Pine Street on Thursday evening, 
and voted to withdraw from the International 
League of Press Clubs. This, of course, 
was their privilege. Some of them had 
a grievance. Little Sally Waters, the 
young lady who sat in the sun, had, in 
the distribution of the candy at the late 
entertainment, received a larger proportion of 
peanuts to her share than one or two of the 
others. With commendable dignity, those who 
discovered this, picked up their dolls, and said 
they would not play any more. Sally Waters 
was called a "mean, old thing," and was 
positively informed that she could not slide 
down the basement steps of the other little girls' 
homes. If the International League of Press 
Clubs is not a fit body to associate with, there 
is an apology due the people of San Francisco, 
and the Press Club should make it at once 
for foisting it on the public, and asking the 
public's money to entertain it. But it has 
not yet been decided that this is the case; a 
motion to reconsider the vote of [withdrawal 
will be debated at the next meeting. 

* * * 

On information that is not to be refuted, I 
learn that Charles Hirsch has sold his interest 
in the Post to George Heazelton, which leaves 
that gentleman in full control of my evening 
contemporary. Mr. Hirsch has been offered 
inducements of some weight to go East, 
where his excellent business qualities will 
show to advantage. 

* * * 

From the very best sources I learn that 
Mr. Frank Pixley, editor of the once bright 
but now defunct Argonaut, will under no 
circumstances accept the appointment to the 
office left vacant by the lamentable death of 
Cardinal Manning. Mr. Pixley 's magnificent 
efforts on behalf of the church made him an 
available candidate, but he declines to permit 
his name to be mentioned in this connection. 

* * * 

Poor Ananias must hide his diminished 
head when he reads the testimony in the Bell 
case. The ordinary unprofessional perjurer 
could give the Ancient One cards, spades, and 
big casino, and then he out on him. 

* * * 

Talking of competing railroads, none has 
been built this week. This is an oversight, 
no doubt, on the part of some of my contem- 
poraries. By the way, M. H. de You in 
made a remark on this subject that the 
Report might study. " Railroads," said Mr. 
De Young, "compete just long enough to 
combine." That sounds like knowledge. 



THE WAVE. 



A LETTER ABOUT BOOKS. 

Dear Miss Matilda : — Imagine 576 pages 
of small type divided into four periods, each 
longer than an ordinary novel, and you have 
" David Grieve." That is, from the optical 
point of view, at least. To read such a book 
is an undertaking of considerable magnitude, 
and I am sure you would not believe me were 
I to assure you I had done no skipping. A 
new novel by Mrs. Humphry Ward is entitled, 
you know, to some critical attention — if not 
because of the artistic value of Robert Els- 
mere, at least on account of the sensation 
that theological treatise created. Success in 
literature is decidely a question of atmosphere 
just as style is largely dependent on type. The 
nice young clergyman and his spiritual strug- 
gles emerged during a moment of theological 
controversy. The reading world, so largely 
made up of ladies, gave him the attention 
that is the inalienable right of new pastors. 

The virus of theology is the strongest work- 
ing element in "The History of David 
Grieve." In his spiritual condition the au- 
thoress is more deeply interested than in his 
love affairs. She returns from lengthy excur- 
sions into the realms of pure description, to 
enlarge on the hero's latest development of 
veneration. In the thread of incident — the 
material struggles of the young man to suc- 
ceed in business — one has hardly time to 
become deeply interested before the narrative 
switches off, and the reader is enlightened in 
regard to the saintliness of Dora and the num- 
ber of childrtn who attend her Sunday-school 
classes. The strength of the book — and, after 
perusing it, no one can deny there is power 
in it — lies in the depicting of David Grieve 
and his sister Louie. There are two distinct 
and original characters, strongly individual- 
ized, consistently elaborated. Their father, a 
Derbyshire youth of Scotch descent, marries 
in London a flighty French milliner, who 
bears him two children and then deserts him. 
She, a woman of the most capricious nature, 
fascinating, vain, and violent, is the strongest 
contrast to the man she marries. His Cal- 
vinistic sternness and frugality, tempered 
with ambitious energy, are reproduced in 
David Grieve, who inherits from the mother a 
strongly romantic tendency. In the girl, the 
worst traits of the milliner's nature are accen- 
tuated, and combined with them is a strength 
of will, a force and virulence of character that 
are the psychological results of so incongruous 
a mixture. 

In the first portion of their lives, the in- 
fluences of environment on their characters 
are brought out with admirable lucidity. 
There is not a touch out of drawing. Brother 
and sister stand out among the verbal spectres 
that surround them. Undoubtedly you will 
agree with me that there are chapters of the 
childhood period that are dreary beyond 
ordinary dreariness. There is the most 
tedious elaboration, the most wearisome 
prolixity. In the ' ' youth " period the interest 
is deeper; the traits of the David begin to 
develop, his struggles are magnificent. Such 
a daring, independent, aggressively intel- 
lectual young fellow, his success is as 
splendid as his efforts. Then follows 
his love episode — the best portion of 
the book. Though there is absolutely 
nothing anyone accustomed to French 
literature or Edgar Saltus would find sugges- 
tive in this narrative of Parisian life, still the 
prudish will surely look aghast at the rela- 
tion of David's liason with Elise and Louie's 
departure with the sculptor. However, if 
you read nothing more than this part of the 
book there is what will repay perusal. How- 



ever, I have told you all I am sure you 
care to know, and now I'll give you my 
verdict — the book is a jungle. It is too 
long. Its merit lies in the admirable charac- 
terization of the hero and his sister — in the 
story of his intellectual development. Noth- 
ing better has been done in that way. But 
they are almost swamped by Dora and Lucy. 
There is no attempt at fine writing — the style 
is honest rather than elegant. In the love 
episode there is too much earnestness; there 
is no spirituality — the authoress' touch is 
too heavy. 

Last week I promised to tell you about the 
"Tragic Comedians" — read it if you want 
something soul stirring. It is not at all like 
Meredith's other books. Do not take that to 
mean I am not his most ardent admirer — I 
am. This is a love story — nothing else. The 
heroine is one of those fascinating "slippery" 
creatures Meredith always selects for his hero 
to play upon. He certainly makes her live 
up to his ideal in that line, for one more 
uncertain could hardly be found — even in real 
life. The hero, Alvan, is a Jew — does that 
prejudice you ? Do not permit it to do so, for 
" his face was the born orator's, with the 
light-giving eyes, the forward nose, the ani- 
mated mouth, all stamped for speechfulness 
and enterprise." Then, again, "could that be 
the face of a Jew ? She feasted. It was a 
noble profile, an ivory skin, most lustrous 
eyes." Listen to what he says of Jews in 
general. "There is the noble Jew as 
well as the bestial Gentile. There is 
not in the sublimest of Gentiles a 
majesty comparable to that of the Jew elect. 
He may well think his race favored of heaven, 
though heaven chastise them still." Can yon 
wonder that the heroine, Clotilde, commits love 
at first sight ? In the presence of the irre- 
sistible, the conventional structure is swept 
away with very little creaking of its timbers 
on the flood. "They love — they part," but 
with a hope. It is futile, and Alvan is killed 
in a duel by Clotilde's lover, Prince Marko. 

That's the whole story, and yet George 
Meredith has made it the stage for some of 
his most thrilling scenes. The book is true — 
it does not ring false in a single place — even 
the drop after the climax is just deep enough. 
Clotilde marries the slayer of Alvan — he dies 
within the year and " from that day or it may 
be on her marriage day, her heart was 
Alvan's." There is a strange thing in this 
book, Clotilde and Alvan are wonderfully 
alike, in mind, even in' appearance. Before 
they meet they are told of the similarity. Do 
you believe in attraction of that sort ? I do — 
it seems so much more sensible than the 
"opposite" theory. The minds of Clotilde 
and Alvan "melt into one as the pieces of a 
puzzle." There is no rounding off to be done, 
no growing to accomplish. The picture is 
charming. As to the introduction, I agree 
with its author; it should be classed witli 
" the presumptuous in literature." It is like 
being shown the photograph of the skeleton 
of a woman before being allowed to gaze on 
the pictured Venus. 

The splendor of the style, too, It is Mere- 
dith at his best, his most masterful. His 
English rings out like the voice of a trumpet. 
What fibre and virility in those short, strong 
sentences. To Alvan's love making there is 
an epic sweep. It is irresistible. " Look at 
me," he says. He lifted his head to the 
highest on his great square shoulders, widen- 
ing his eagle eyes. "Do you take me 
for one who could be content with the 
part of second ? I will workand do battle 
unceasingly, but I will have, too, the prize 
of battle to clasp it, to savor it richly. I 
was not fashioned to be the lean, meek 



martyr of a cause, not I." There is the 
splendid egotism of a genius, ardent, mag- 
nificent. You have never read such love- 
making. To Meredith's last, " One of Our 
Conquerors," its predecessor is in the strong- 
est contrast. There is the tonent of epigrams, 
but they have almost a Gallic sparkle. There 
is the close analysis, that certainty of char- 
acter touch, but there is no prolixity. It is 
not the " chaos illuminated by vivid flashes of 
lightning," of which Wilde speaks. Read the 
book. Oracle, K. B. 

BOOKS RICCEIVKD. 

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phry Ward. MacmiUan & Co., publishers. For sale 
by Win. Doxey. 

" Tragic Comedians," by George Meredith. Rob 
erts Brothers, publishers. Tor sale A. M. Robertson. 



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Since we have no great Juliets, we must be 
eon lent with the Juliets that we have. 

Miss Gale should cut " Romeo and Juliet" 
fiom her repertoire; nature has not endowed 
her with Juliet-like qualities; the costumer 
has not been happy in the choice of wearing 
apparel, which, however correct it may be in 
design, did little else than suggest how pretty 
the new star would look if she wore costumes 
suited to her, and she has been imposed on 
in the matter of a leading man, as Mr. Clarke 
is by no means able to play Romeo. (I have 
seen him later in other parts, and must do him 
the justice of saying that he probably did not 
s :ek to appear as the sighing lover of Verona; 
ha does so much worse in that than in any- 
thing else.] The death of few men has 
touched me more deeply than that of Mercutio; 
when Mr. Weaver was carried off the stage, 
the audience lost almost the only friend they 
had, and I mourned that indubitable evi- 
dence was given again that the good die 
young. Mr. Weaver is a thorough actor, and 
I have never seen Mercutio's character pre- 
sente.l with more spirit, better judgment, or 
more artistic excellence. I could have spared 
any other man in the company better than 
Mercutio; and with that envious thrust of 
Tybalt all my interest in the play was gone 
Mr. Whytal showed an intimate knowledge 
of his part, but had his quarrel been with me 
instead of with Mercutio I should have bade 
him begone, on the ground that he was too 
young to speak distinctly, 

Judging from the plays Miss Gale has pre- 
sented, I am of the opinion that she did wrong 
in putting on "Romeo and Juliet" first. 
That there was a curiosity to see the new stai 
in this play, I am sure ; but curiosity should 
have been made to wait while confidence for 
the trying part was secured from early tri- 
umphs. The production was a disappoint- 
ment. Miss Gale is not suited to the part of 
Juliet. The actress who is old enough to 
appreciate this character, is usually too old to 
play it ; there are elements in it that become 
seriously confounded when the interpreter 
gives one the impression that there is a dis- 
parity in years between herself and the char- 
acter. Juliet permits of little acting; the 
sweetness of her face, her gentle voice, and 
her youth, make an alliance with the wonder- 
ful store of her newly-discovered passion that 
appeals to the reader of the play more f